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November 1980

Aseptic Necrosis of the Femoral Head in Corticosteroid-Treated Pulmonary Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Internal Medicine and Research, Wadsworth Veterans Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles, and UCLA School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(11):1473-1475. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330220045017

• During a ten-year period, aseptic necrosis of the femoral head developed in six patients with pulmonary disease treated with corticosteroids. Five of the six patients had severe bronchial asthma. The sixth patient had desquamative interstitial pneumonia. The literature provides some insight into the possible pathogenesis of corticosteroid-related aseptic necrosis of the femoral head and factors that may prevent this complication.

(Arch Intern Med 140:1473-1475, 1980)