Bilateral stage III osteonecrosis of the femoral head treated with core decompression. Case report and review of the literature.

Published online: Dec 27 1996

J Malcorps, M Eekhaut, and P Dierckxsens.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University Hospital K.U. Leuven, Pellenberg, Belgium.


A case report of a 17-year-old girl with Ficat stage III osteonecrosis of the femoral head, secondary to treatment with corticosteroids for Crohn's disease, is presented. Core decompression, mainly performed because of the intense pain, traction and long-term partial weight bearing led to a good result, clinically as well as radiologically.