The Open Rheumatology Journal




ISSN: 1874-3129 ― Volume 13, 2019
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Pamidronate Treatment of Osteonecrosis of the Hip in Young Male



A. Lo Gullo, R. Talotta, M. Atteritano*
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, 98124 Messina, Italy

Abstract

Background:

Aseptic osteonecrosis of the hip is a clinical entity in which the necrotic process of the bone leads to pain and progressive disability.

Objective:

Pamidronate seems to reduce drastically the activation of the osteoclasts so that it can be useful only in the early stage of the disease, delaying the time of bone collapsing.

Method:

A 27-years-old male was treated with pamidronate for three consecutive days every four weeks.

Results:

After three months the patient came back at control showing a marked improvement in clinical condition, referred full recover from pain and dysmotility with improvement of the quality of life, which was confirmed by the result of MRI he had for control.

Conclusion:

We reported a case of aseptic osteonecrosis of the hip which was successfully treated pamidronate at dosage of 45 mg.

Keywords: Aseptic osteonecrosis, CRP, MRI, Pamidronate, Hip, Dysmotility.


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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2018
Volume: 12
First Page: 125
Last Page: 128
Publisher Id: TORJ-12-125
DOI: 10.2174/1874312901812010125

Article History:

Received Date: 17/5/2018
Revision Received Date: 28/6/2018
Acceptance Date: 4/7/2018
Electronic publication date: 29/08/2018
Collection year: 2018

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* Address for correspondence to this auther at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Pad. C, 4th floor, A.O.U. Policlinico “G. Martino” Via C. Valeria, 98124 Messina, Italy; Tel: +39 090 2212388; Fax: +39 090 2935162; E-mail: matteritano@unime.it




1. INTRODUCTION

A 27-years-old male attended our clinic with pain and dysmotility at the right hip from 4 months. Six months earlier, he underwent a cardiosurgery intervention due to mitral valvulopathy. He had a history of corticosteroid intake (prednisolone 5 mg/d for 1 month, for cumulative doses of 150 mg) for cutaneous allergic rash assumed in association with vancomycin administration 1-year earlier. He did not refer any alcohol abuse neither previous trauma of the hip. At admission, routine blood exams showed normal values, only C-Reactive Protein (CRP) was mildly increased (1.80 mg/dl; range of normality 0.00-0.50 mg/dl). Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the hips performed showed a wide area of hypointensity in T1 sequences, with a diameter of 4x2 cm, at the anterior- superior edge of the right femoral head. A marked bone marrow oedema of the neck of the femur and concomitant joint effusion were detected. In the contralateral femur two small foci of necrosis were also appreciated. We had planned intravenous disodic pamidronate, at dosage of 45 mg for three consecutive days every four weeks, but he received only two of the previewed three infusions because of the development of thromboflebitis of the basilic vein and part of the cefalic and cubital veins of the left forearm, so he was treated with heparin and antibiotics. During the infusion the patient experimented fever (body temperature within 38°C) that was controlled by the administration of paracetamol. The patient was discharged after a further short period of monitoring. After three months, the patient regained control showing a marked improvement in clinical condition referred full recovery from pain and dysmotility with improvement in the quality of life which was confirmed by the result of MRI. (Fig. 1 and Table 1).

Fig. (1)
ac= MRI images performed at the onset of the disease.
bd= MRI images performed after three month since start of the treatment with intravenous pamidronate.
Reduction of the perifocal oedema and of the dimensions of the two foci of the head of the left femur (blue arrows). The necrotic area present in the head of the right femur was unchanged (orange arrow).



Table 1
Causes of aseptic osteonecrosis.


2. DISCUSSION

The natural history of aseptic osteonecrosis of the hip, in general, is thought to be one of progressive diseases if no intervention is undertaken. Untreated osteonecrosis of the femoral head is believed to carry a poor prognosis [1Yildiz N, Ardic F, Deniz S. Very early onset steroid-induced avascular necrosis of the hip and knee in a patient with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Intern Med 2008; 47(22): 1989-92.[http://dx.doi.org/10.2169/internalmedicine.47.1038] [PMID: 19015614] -7Ficat RP. Idiopathic bone necrosis of the femoral head. Early diagnosis and treatment. J Bone Joint Surg Br 1985; 67(1): 3-9.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1302/0301-620X.67B1.3155745] [PMID: 3155745] ]. An emphasis has been placed on earlier intervention as it has been associated with an improved outcome [8Lavernia CJ, Sierra RJ, Grieco FR. Osteonecrosis of the femoral head. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 1999; 7(4): 250-61.[http://dx.doi.org/10.5435/00124635-199907000-00005] [PMID: 10434079] ]. During the first stage of the process, when the activity of the osteoclasts is higher, the use of pamidronate shows some benefits in stopping the course of the disease and in ameliorating the symptoms and the quality of life of the patients [9Nguyen T, Zacharin MR. Pamidronate treatment of steroid associated osteonecrosis in young patients treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia-two-year outcomes. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab 2006; 19(2): 161-7.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/JPEM.2006.19.2.161] [PMID: 16562590] ]. Our case suggests new evidences of the successful use of intravenous pamidronate for the treatment of aseptic osteonecrosis in a young male patient. We still don’t know the future course of the disease, as we assessed the therapeutic vantages after three months of therapy. Besides, MRI showed an improvement of perilesional oedema and the diameter of the two smallest areas of resorption and there was no increase in the dimension of the largest focus on the controlateral hip after three months since the end of the treatment with pamidronate. The use of pamidronate in this case is supported by its role in preventing the activation of the osteoclasts and the death of the osteoblasts, but recently other important functions have been attributed to this drug. Pamidronate can stop the cascade of cytokine activation by inhibiting the secretion of IL-1, IL-6 or TNF-beta from the macrophages, which are induced on the contrary by apoptosis. It therefore can antagonize the development of chronic inflammation and fibrosis [10Van Offel JF, Schuerwegh AJ, Bridts CH, Bracke PG, Stevens WJ, De Clerck LS. Influence of cyclic intravenous pamidronate on proinflammatory monocytic cytokine profiles and bone density in rheumatoid arthritis treated with low dose prednisolone and methotrexate. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2001; 19(1): 13-20.[PMID: 11247319] ].

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, we reported a case of aseptic osteonecrosis of the hip which was successfully treated with two infusion of pamidronate at dosage of 45 mg. Our case could contribute to the therapeutic decisional algorithm acting in favour of the use of bisphosponates.

ETHICS APPROVAL AND CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

The study protocol was approved by the local Ethical committee at University of Messina.

HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS

No Animals were used in this research. All human research procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the committee responsible for human experimentation (institutional and national), and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2013.

CONSENT FOR PUBLICATION

All participants provided written informed consent before any study procedure or examination was performed.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors declare no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Declared none.

REFERENCES

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