Published: 2020-02-24

The dreaded osteonecrosis of femur following chronic steroid therapy: a case series from a dermatologist’s eye

Abiram Ponnuswami, Cordelia Babitha S., Krishnakanth Muralidhar, Murugan Sundaram


Corticosteroids, undoubtedly, is the saving grace of many patients ailing from a variety of inflammatory and autoimmune dermatoses. But it is not free of side effects, some being crippling enough to subject the patient to huge amounts of morbidity. Here we report a series of cases – Vesiculobullous diseases and Lupus Erythematosus - with prolonged oral steroid therapy that lead to osteopenia and osteonecrosis of the femur.


Avascular necrosis of femur, Osteopenia, Chronic steroid usage, DEXA scan

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