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Early loosening and secondary dislocation due to a broken trochanteric osteotomy wire following a Charnley total hip arthroplasty: a case report
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- Received: 7 April 2009
- Accepted: 30 April 2009
- Published: 29 May 2009
We report a case of interposition of a broken trochanteric wire in the hip joint. This caused early wear of the prosthesis and dislocation of the Charnley total hip arthroplasty. The patient was treated with a revision total hip arthroplasty. This rare complication should be taken into consideration when performing a trochanteric osteotomy fixation with wiring in Charnley total hip arthroplasty.
- Revision Arthroplasty
- Prosthetic Component
- Trochanteric Osteotomy
- Break Wire
- Trochanteric Bursitis
Trochanteric osteotomy is a known method used in Charnley total hip arthroplasty. The advantage of the transtrochanteric approach is that it gives a better view of the hip joint. The disadvantages of this method are increased operative time, increased blood loss, trochanteric non union and trochanteric bursitis [1, 2]. We report a rare complication associated with trochanteric osteotomy.
Articular interposition of a broken wire in the hip joint is a rare complication following Charnley total hip arthroplasty. Four cases have been reported in the literature. The first case was a 53 year old male who had a revision arthroplasty because of a worn acetabular cup due to an intra-articular wire fragments found two years after Charnley total hip arthroplasty .
The second case was a 64 year old male who was found to have a wire on the X-rays after three years of the operation. He did not have any symptoms but after 12 years required revision arthroplasty due to cup wear .
The third case was an 80 year old female who experienced multiple dislocations of the hip 10 years following Charnley total hip arthroplasty. The wires were taken out arthroscopically .
The fourth case was an 80 year old female who had recurrent dislocations 10 years after the operation. Plain X-rays showed intra-articular wires. She required a revision arthroplasty due to prosthetic components wear .
In our case, the patient did not have any problems post operatively for three years until he experienced his first dislocation.
The interposition of broken trochanteric wires in the hip joint post Charnley total hip arthroplasty can cause a third body effect leading to early loosening and early wear of the prosthetic components leading to dislocation of the hip. It is a complication that should be considered when performing a Charnley total hip arthroplasty which might necessitate an early revision surgery.
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