Humeral head osteonecrosis in an adolescent amateur swimming athlete: A case report

Jianlin Zuo, Hirotaka Sano, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Yoshimasa Sakoma, Nobuhisa Shinozaki, Yoshiaki Itoigawa, Rei Omi, Eiji Itoi

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Osteonecrosis of the humeral head in an adolescent without clear pathogenesis has not been reported in the literature. In this case report, we present such a case of humeral head osteonecrosis in a 15-year-old adolescent. The lesion was located at the subchondral area of the medial part of the humeral head with characteristic appearances on MRI. The shoulder was immobilized in a sling until the pain disappeared, and the patient was told to refrain any kind of sport activities. Bone remodeling was noted five months after the first visit, and it took 2 years for the lesion to be totally healed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number39
JournalSports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 18


  • Adolescent
  • MRI
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Pathogenesis
  • Shoulder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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