Ankle arthrodesis following avascular necrosis of the talus in a patient with lupus

BD HaverstockDepartment of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Deaconess Medical Center, St Louis, USA.

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LD BarthDepartment of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Deaconess Medical Center, St Louis, USA.

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AM JacobsDepartment of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Deaconess Medical Center, St Louis, USA.

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Avascular necrosis of bone is a common manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus, particularly in those patients receiving corticosteroids. The authors review the pathogenesis and diagnosis of avascular necrosis and describe an ankle arthrodesis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus who developed avascular necrosis of the talus.