We report a case of two hemiarthroplasties (HAs) that underwent an unexpected mechanical failure. Two patients affected by femoral fractures were treated with an HA. At 5 and7 years after surgery, they showeda breakage of theHAat the head–stemjunction. We analyzed macroscopically and microscopically (by a scanning electron microscopy) the surfaces of the broken prostheses. In both cases, a fracture was detected starting at the joining point between the femoral head and the slot that receives the taper cone of the stem(the so-called bore),with the typicalmacroscopic and microscopic pattern of a fatigue fracture. The fatigue fracture resulted from repeated cycles of torsional stresses throughout the years. In literature, we did not find any other report of such HA failure.
|Titolo:||Bore Disruption: An Unusual Mechanical Failure of Two Hip Hemiarthroplasties|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1055/s-0037-1601407|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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