2006 Staged arthroplasty as salvage procedure for deep hip infection following intertrochanteric fracture
Deep hip infection is a rare complication of intertrochanteric fractures and an optimal treatment has not yet been reported. Twenty-seven patients who contracted deep hip sepsis following the failed primary treatment of an intertrochanteric fracture were treated with two-stage hip arthroplasty. Antibiotic-impregnated cement beads were implanted following resection arthroplasty in the first 15 patients, and a temporary cement spacer prosthesis was used in the other 12 hips. There was only one recurrence of infection at an average follow-up of 4.8 years. Complications included non-union of the greater trochanter in four patients, intraoperative femoral fracture in two and fracture of the cement prosthesis in one. The use of an interim spacer was associated with better hip function in the interim period; a decreased operative time and less blood loss at the time of arthroplasty; and a higher hip score at final follow-up. Staged arthroplasty is an effective salvage procedure for deep hip infection after the failed treatment of an intertrochanteric fracture. The use of a temporary spacer maintains hip function between stages, makes arthroplasty less complicated, and improves the clinical outcome.
Int Orthop. 2006 August; 30(4): 228–232. Full text
Staged arthroplasty as salvage procedure for deep hip infection following intertrochanteric fracture
Pang-Hsin Hsieh, Yu-Han Chang, Shih-Hao Chen, and Chun-Hsiung Shih
Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Hsieh et al
Institution: Int Orthop.
Submitted by: admin
Added: Tue Nov 02 2010
Last Modified: Wed May 04 2011