Long-term use of high-dose steroids can cause a problem called aseptic necrosis. This condition is caused by the death of the small blood vessels that nourish the bones. Pain and loss of mobility result.
Leslee was an athlete who played three sports prior to her AML diagnosis and bone marrow transplant. The steroids saved her life but destroyed her bones. She has had surgery on her shoulders, hips, and knee joints. Her shoulders and hips are much better, but her knees are still painful, and she has trouble getting around. The surgeon is hoping that soon he will be able to use live bone in experimental surgery to help her.
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