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The imaging spectrum of peri-articular inflammatory masses following metal-on-metal hip resurfacing


Fang, CSJ and Harvie, P and Gibbons, CKMH and Whitwell, D and Athanasou, NA and Ostlere, S, The imaging spectrum of peri-articular inflammatory masses following metal-on-metal hip resurfacing, Skeletal Radiology: Journal of Radiology, Pathology and Orthopaedics, 37, (8) pp. 715-722. ISSN 0364-2348 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00256-008-0492-x


INTRODUCTION: Resurfacing metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty is increasing in popularity, especially in younger patients. To date, studies indicate that the procedure is associated with a good outcome in the medium-term. Formation of a peri-articuar mass is a rarely reported complication. In this study we analyse the imaging findings in patients with resurfacing implants presenting to our institution with peri-articular masses identified on cross sectional imaging.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients with documented peri-articular masses following resurfacing arthroplasty were included. The available imaging related to the masses was reviewed and the findings documented along with the patient's demographics.

RESULTS: There were 10 patients (13 joints). All patients were female. Patients presented with periprosthetic anterior or posterolateral solid and cystic masses. The anterior masses involved psoas muscle and were predominately solid. The posterolateral masses were predominately cystic. In the three cases with bilateral arthroplasties, masses were detected in both hips. Histology in six cases showed features compatible with a type IV hypersensitivity reaction.

CONCLUSIONS: The preponderance of females, the bilateral nature of the masses and the histological features suggest that peri-articular masses following resurfacing arthroplasty is due to the metal hypersensitivity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cystic; Hypersensitivity reaction; Mass; Resurfacing hip arthroplasty; Solid
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Orthopaedics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Harvie, P (Dr Paul Harvie)
ID Code:95334
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:60
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-09-30
Last Modified:2014-09-30

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