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A Systematic Review of the Classification, Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcome of Osteonecrosis of the Hips in Sickle Cell Disease

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source: American Society of Hematology

year: 2015

authors: Dalal Hamza Mulla-Ali, Kevin H.M. Kuo, Ambica Parmar, Yves D. Pastore


Background: Osteonecrosis (ON) is a prevalent (30-50% by age 30) yet underdiagnosed complication in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), commonly affecting the femoral and humeral head. SCD ON is progressive resulting in chronic intractable pain and disability. Various imaging modalities are available for the diagnosis of ON and a number of staging methods have been proposed to classify its severity. Numerous surgical and non-surgical treatments exist for different stages of ON. There is a lack of consensus on how to best investigate, classify and treat patients with SCD ON. A previous systematic review included only 1 randomized controlled trial (RCT) but the majority of the literature are non-randomized studies.

Objectives: To systematically review and summarize the available evidence from randomized and non-randomized studies with regard to the classification, diagnosis, treatment options and outcome of ON of the hips in SCD adults.

Methods: Searches were conducted using the following search concepts: (sickle cell disease OR sickle cell anemia OR hemoglobin SC disease) AND (osteonecrosis OR avascular necrosis OR bone and joint complications) NOT Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrosis of the Jaw. Related terms were also searched in order to maximize sensitivity. MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, Current Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were queried. Two independent reviewers (DM-A and AP) excluded abstracts based on pre-defined criteria. A third reviewer (KK) resolved all conflicts. Full-text of included abstracts were translated to English as needed, extracted by DM-A, AP, KK and YP and screened based on the inclusion/exclusion criteria. Two assessors (DM-A and KK) independently assessed trial quality of extracted data. Study limitations (risk of bias) and confidence in effect estimates (quality of evidence) were assessed using the Newcastle-Ottawa Quality Assessment Scale for cohort studies.

organization: Kuwait University; University of Toronto; University Health Network, Toronto; CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal

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