Osteonecrosis of the humeral head after extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy
Journal Paper/Review - Jul 1, 2002
Durst H B, Blatter G, Kuster Markus
A 59-year-old woman with calcific tendinitis in her right shoulder underwent extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy. Three years and four months later she presented with osteonecrosis of the head of the right humerus. It is known that shock waves in patients with urological disorders can damage blood vessels. A possible reason for the development of osteonecrosis in this patient may have been damage to the blood supply of the head of the humerus.