Welcome to Avascular Necrosis AVN Charity UKHealthy Bones
Charitable trust dedicated to spreading the awareness, understanding, support and needed research into the rare bone condition of Avascular Necrosis (AVN). The disease is also known as Osteonecrosis (ON), Ischemic bone necrosis, Bone Infarct and Aseptic necrosis.
In children it is known as Perthes disease. When triggered by radiotherapy it can be known as Osteoradionecrosis ORN. We generally refer to it as AVN. When occurring in the knee, it may be known as SPONK and when in the jaw it may be known as BRONJ.
There are no statistics available but we believe there are between 750 and 2,000 new cases of AVN diagnosed each year in the British Isles.
We are the only UK and Ireland organisation dedicated to AVN. We are very new - created by a couple of fellow sufferers, with the objective of offering information and support in different ways to anyone in the British Isles who has, or is in any way affected by this condition. Also to promote the much-needed research into Avascular Necrosis AVN.
Definition of Avascular Necrosis AVN
Avascular - Having few or no blood vessels*
Necrosis - Death of living tissue*
* From Encyclopaedia Britannica
The bones in the joint having been deprived of a good blood supply, result in the death of the bone. In time this concludes with partial or complete collapse of the affected joint.
It is a disabling condition affecting any joint in the body with no known cure. It can affect a single joint, many different joints (multi focal), or both left and right of the same joint (bilateral).
The disease affects young and old alike with resulting continuous chronic pain that some say is comparable with bone cancer.
Avascular Necrosis AVN is not classed as hereditary, but some of the causes may be.
While disabling, thankfully AVN is not life threatening. Unfortunately it is often progressive, meaning it worsens with time, so managing AVN can be a lifelong process.
Understanding the pain from AVN
MRI scan clearly displaying an unusual case of avascular necrosis AVN in the long bones. Click image for more info.Feedback from almost all AVN sufferers in our community has revealed that our health service specialists have little or no understanding of the horrific pain that accompanies AVN. The x-rays and MRI scans do help the specialist understand what has happened within the affected joint / bone, but these images do not convey the chronic pain and devastating effect this has on the quality of life.
This is one of the biggest frustrations for all AVN sufferers.
Awareness of AVN in the British Isles
Very few people have heard of Avascular Necrosis AVN Osteonecrosis. Except for the medical profession, it is probable that only sufferers and those close to them have any awareness of the disease.
Sadly when first getting diagnosed it can be a very lonely place, full of frustration, despair and complete loss of hope.
Our charitable trust addresses these frustrations by opening doors of knowledge and shared experiences to sufferers and those around them. By definition, sharing is helping.
We are helping
Charitable trust dedicated to spreading the awareness, understanding, support and research into the rare bone condition of Avascular Necrosis AVN or Osteonecrosis ON in the UK.
First of all we created this informative website, the content provided is for information purposes only and is not in any way intended to be a substitute for medical consultation with a qualified professional (see disclaimer). This website is designed to be uncomplicated and easy to follow, for you to benefit without getting lost. It is split into different sections, explaining AVN osteonecrosis and how it can affect different joints in our bodies, how to live with it day-by-day and to give our charity news.
Please take some time a look around, if you like what you see please consider joining our community, there are no costs or fees.
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