Coronavirus: After black fungus, now cases of 'bone death' have come to the fore, know everything about it

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On the one hand, the second wave of the coronavirus has wreaked havoc in India, while on the other hand, the complications occurring after the Kovid recovery are increasing continuously. Mucormycosis ie black fungus, new diabetes, blood clots, problems related to heart, lungs, and pulmonary as well as prolonged covid symptoms have become a matter of concern across the country.


Now a new deadly problem named 'Bone Death' has come in front of the doctors related to Kovid recovery. According to reports, doctors in hospitals in Mumbai have noticed that some cases of Avascular Necrosis (AVN), also commonly known as bone death, are being seen in patients who have recovered from the coronavirus.


Although, at this time experts are continuously studying this matter, till now it is considered to be a serious disease after Covid, which is also a matter of concern.


What do we know about 'Bone Death' so far?

Doctors claim that avascular necrosis, AVN, is currently being observed in patients who have recovered from the coronavirus a few months back, and hence, it is presumed to be a classic post-COVID-complication. At least three cases of this new health issue have been reported so far. All these patients were under 40 years of age, and they were all doctors who, after recording severe pain in the femur bone, were diagnosed with bone death and taken to hospital for treatment.

These are the first cases of bone death to be reported, doctors are now concerned to see how serious this new post-Covid disease can take. Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has now highlighted avascular necrosis as a symptom of long-lasting covid.

What is 'Bone Death'?

Avascular necrosis, also known as the death of bone tissue, is a disease caused by not enough blood reaching the bone, usually in the femur or hip bone. Due to lack of blood supply, the bone tissue dies and collapses, leading to necrosis. The most recent cases were of the hip bone but necrosis can occur in any bone of the body. There are no symptoms in the early stages of this disease, but when the person puts weight on the affected joint, severe pain can occur.

Avascular necrosis can be a serious condition, as the bone does not function properly, which affects the joints.

What is the relationship between Covid-19 and 'Bone Death'?

Currently, experts are studying many complications that occur for a long time after Kovid-19 recovery, including 'bone death.

However, a clear link that has emerged as a potential causative factor is steroid use. Steroids have been used as part of COVID care treatments and have been debated for a long time. Earlier, cases of black fungus were also seen increases in people due to excessive use of steroids.

How is 'Bone Death' treated?

Like most diseases, the sooner it is diagnosed in 'bone death, the more beneficial the treatment. All the cases found so far have been resolved in time. It is treated with physiotherapy, blood thinners, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain, exercise, and therapy. Sometimes, surgery is also needed to remove the damaged inner layer of bone and core decompression.

Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.