Corrosion and Adverse Local Tissue Reaction in One Type of Modular Neck Stem

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  • © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Modular neck stems allow for optimization of joint biomechanics by restoring anteversion, offset, and limb length. A potential disadvantage is the generation of metal ions from fretting and crevice corrosion. We identified 118 total hip arthroplasty implanted with one type of dual-modular femoral component. Thirty-six required revision due to adverse local tissue reaction. Multivariate analysis isolated females and low offset necks as risk factors for failure. Kaplan-Meir analysis revealed small stem sizes failed at a higher rate during early follow-up period. Although the cobalt/chrome levels were higher in the failed group, these tests had low diagnostic accuracy for ALTR, while MRI scan was more sensitive. We conclude that the complications related to the use of dual modular stems of this design outweigh the potential benefits.
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  • Ghanem E; Ward DM; Robbins CE; Nandi S; Bono JV; Talmo CT
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  • 1787
  • End Page

  • 1793
  • Volume

  • 30
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  • 10