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What is osteonecrosis of the jaw?

In some patients who have taken bisphosphonates and denosumab (osteoporosis medication), a condition known as osteonecrosis of the jaw (also called ONJ) has been reported. Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a rare but serious condition that can cause severe damage to the jawbone. Osteonecrosis of the jaw is diagnosed in a patient who:

1. has an area of exposed bone in the jaw that lasts for more than 8 weeks
2. has no history of radiation therapy to the head and neck
3. is taking, or has taken, certain osteoporosis medicines

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