How is humeral head avascular necrosis (AVN) treated?

Updated: Dec 05, 2020
  • Author: Sunny B Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In a study of 25 patients with 29 shoulders treated with arthroplasty for humeral head AVN, Ristow et al reported that both total shoulder arthroplasty and hemiarthroplasty are safe and effective treatments, regardless of etiology and radiographic staging. At a mean follow-up of 3.9 years (range, 1-8.5 years), all patients who underwent operative intervention showed statistically significant improvement in measurements of functionality. [44]


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