Doctors have reported many cases of bone deaths in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in the surviving patients.
Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a result of temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the bone, causing bone death. This happens if steroids have been strongly used to treat COVID-19.
Cut-off of blood supply causes the bone tissue to die, and when left untreated, can lead to the collapse of the bone, according to research by John Hopkins Medicine.
Out of the 10-15 AVN patients he is seeing per month, half are post-COVID-19 cases, according to Dr. Anand Jadhav, an Orthopaedic Specialist at Apollo Spectra Pune.
Usage of steroids causes AVN because it affects fat metabolism and causes very tiny fat globules to form.
These fat globules end up choking blood vessels to the joint.
In India, 39,097 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 24 hours and 546 deaths.
There are 3,13,32,159 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 4,08,977 are active cases, 3,05,03,166 people recovered and 4,20,016 people died.
Globally, there are 19,32,04,719 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 6,21,43,675 are active cases, 12,69,17,393 people recovered and 41,43,651 people died.