After Black Fungus, now ‘Bone Death’ Scare Emerges: New Post Covid Complication Explained

Bone Death

Bone Related New Post – Covid Disease Reported. After Black Fungus, ‘Bone Death’ Hunts Covid Survivors.

After Mucormycosis, a new disease that causes the death of bone tissues is posing a new threat for Covid -19 survivors. Three Confirmed cases of ‘Bone Death’ have already been reported in Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital.

The 3 patients, under the age of 40, developed the disease 2 months after they were treated for covid -19.

Dr. Sanjay Agarwala (Medical Director, Hinduja Hospital, Mahim)
Clearly, this is the tip of the iceberg, AVN is a condition that can arise in long Covid, part of the Covid recovery. In AVN the blood supply to that part of the bone gets blocked. Avascular, meaning blood supply is blocked. You know what happens when the blood supply gets blocked to your heart. You get a heart attack. You know what happens when the blood supply gets blocked to your brain. you get a stroke. That part of the body steps working. Same way, in AVN, that portion of the bone dies. Surprisingly, we found the incidence of cases we were seeing. Who was post – covid and who had received steroids was more than we had encountered earlier. It led us to believe that either it was Covid or it was the steroid that was precipitating Osteonecrosis. If it’s diagnosed early and if it’s treated early with medication, it can be reversed. This condition can get cured with medicine. It has to be picked up early on suspicion of pain in the hip area, you need to go to the doctor and request him for an MRI if he suspects this could be an AVN.

What is bone death?

Avascular necrosis(AVN) or ‘Bone Death’ is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. According to John Hopkins University, avascular necrosis is temporary or permanent loss of blood. The disease is also called Osteonecrosis and can lead to tiny breaks in the bone. A broken bone or dislocated joint can interrupt the blood flow to a section of bone.

According to experts, if such a condition affects bone joint areas, this can lead to permanent disability.

Experts say that anyone can be affected, but the condition is most common in people between 30-50 years of age.

How is COVID -19 Triggering ‘Death of Bone Tissues’?

The common factor between mucormycosis and avascular necrosis is found to be the use of steroids.

During the deadly second wave, many patients were given steroids, the only drug proven to help COVID – 19 patients.

Drugs like Prednisone used to cure inflammation caused by the virus can also increase lipid levels in the blood and reduce blood flow in the body.

Apart from the use of steroids, excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to the death of bone tissue.

What are The Symptoms of ‘Bone Death’ ?

The symptoms of the disease may appear after 1-2 months of recovery from Covid -19. Many people have no symptoms in the early stages of avascular necrosis.

AVN is a painful condition affecting the hip joint and thigh bones of Covid – 19 patients.

The condition is also affecting young patients who developed pain in the femur bone after recovering from Covid – 19.

Besides the hip, the areas likely to be affected are the shoulder, knee, hand, and foot.

Can AVN be Treated?

Health experts believe the AVN can be treated if it’s detected and diagnosed early.

Doctors advise that Covid – 19 patients suffering from hip or thigh pain must get an MRI, bone scan, and X-rays done immediately.

The condition can be cured or even reversed between 3 weeks to 3 months.

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