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Can excessive alcohol use cause avascular necrosis (AVN)?

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Excessive alcohol may cause fatty substances to build in the blood vessels and decrease the blood supply to the bones. That can lead to AVN.

From: What Is Avascular Necrosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteonecrosis Foundation: "Osteonecrosis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Osteonecrosis."

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: "Avascular Necrosis."

DukeHealth.org: "Free Vascularized Fibular Graft."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

National Osteonecrosis Foundation: "Osteonecrosis."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Osteonecrosis."

Penn State Hershey Medical Center: "Avascular Necrosis."

DukeHealth.org: "Free Vascularized Fibular Graft."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 8, 2019

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