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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Hip pain

01/24/2003

Question:

My 41 year old brother has been having pain in his hip. His symptoms are a sharp pain in the right hip that he can’t walk or sit we were told that it’s due to a vascular necrosis. Also he has liver cirrhosis. Is there any medicine for him since he can`t have a surgery? Can you possibly recommend someone for us to talk to or can you take a personal interest in his case. Thank you.

Answer:

Early aseptic (or avascular) necrosis of the hip can occasionally be treated with a needle decompression. However, this has to be done early in the course and is a minor surgical procedure. Furthermore, there is no one in this area that performs it. Unfortunately, with the exception of pain pills medications are not effective.

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Response by:

Larry   Houk, MD Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati