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Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Ther Technol. 2012 Oct 18;4(1):39. doi: 10.1186/1758-2555-4-39.

Humeral head osteonecrosis in an adolescent amateur swimming athlete: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, 1-1 Seiryo-machi Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8574, Japan. sanohirotaka@med.tohoku.ac.jp.


Osteonecrosis of the humeral head in an adolescent without clear pathogenesis has not been reported in the literature. In this case report, we present such a case of humeral head osteonecrosis in a 15-year-old adolescent. The lesion was located at the subchondral area of the medial part of the humeral head with characteristic appearances on MRI. The shoulder was immobilized in a sling until the pain disappeared, and the patient was told to refrain any kind of sport activities. Bone remodeling was noted five months after the first visit, and it took 2 years for the lesion to be totally healed.

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