IJR Vol 5 No. 1, July-December 2014; Case report: Avascular necrosis of the right femoral head in female patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

A Sinaga, H Nufus, B Setiyohadi – Case report: Avascular necrosis of the right femoral head in female patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Avascular necrosis (also known as osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis, or ischemic necrosis) represents collection of pathologic conditions from various etiologies causing impairment of blood supply to particular bone resulting in bone cellular death. Avascular necrosis remains a signifi cant cause of morbidity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).1 It often involves multiple joints in SLE, in which the femoral head is involved in most of these patients. Corticosteroids use is known as a major risk factor in the development of this complication.2-3 We report this case due to its quite common occurrence in SLE patients. The early recognition of avascular necrosis is essential to prevent morbidity.