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[Femoral head osteonecrosis in a child with acute lypmhoblastic leukemia]

GÁCS ZSÓFIA, KOVÁCS GÁBOR, HOSSZÚ ÉVA

SEPTEMBER 11, 2007

Ca&Bone - 2007;10(03)

[INTRODUCTION - The treatment of pediatric leukemia has become increasingly successful, with a survival rate over 80%. Thus interest has been increasingly focused on the long-term side-effects of the treatment. The questions of reduced fertility rate, occurance of second malignancies, cardiomyopathy, impaired renal and pulmonal function have been extensively studied. Changes of bone metabolism in connection with the disease itself and the treatment have been analysed in the past decade. CASE REPORT - We present the case of a 15-year-old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, who had bone pain soon after the diagnosis. During the course of chemotherapy his complaints were fluctuating, and he developed severe osteoporosis. The level of a bone resorption marker, β-CrossLaps, was elevated. In the second year of therapy an acute pain of the left hip occured with fever and restriction of joint movement, which was diagnosed and treated as osteomyelitis. A few months later avascular necrosis of the left femoral head was revealed. Both pharmaceutic (calcium, vitamin D, calcitonin, bisphophonate) and orthopedic treatment were used, as a result bone mineral density and movement restriction improved; his leukemia is now in remission. CONCLUSIONS - The factors influencing bone metabolism in leukemic children are reviewed. Firstly the effects of malignant cells on bone mineral content are analyzed, then the chemotherapeutic drugs’ mechanisms of action are examined extensively. The direct and indirect effects of secondary factors (hospitalization, immobility, lack of sun exposure, malabsorption, immunsuppression, peripheral neuropahty) are also analyzed. The advantages and disadvantages of drugs used in preventing and treating childhood osteopenia are reviewed.]

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