Etiology of osteolysis around porous-coated cementless total hip arthroplasties.

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The prosthetic components and tissues retrieved from 12 hips with osteolysis in association with well-fixed cementless porous-coated total hip prostheses (5 Porous Coated Anatomic, 6 Harris-Galante Porous, and 1 Omniflex) were examined using a variety specific techniques including electron microscopy, standard histology, immunohistochemistry, and particle identification. The patients were young and active. Extensive osteolysis developed in all 12 femurs and 3 acetabula between 36 and 84 months after arthroplasty (mean, 63 months). All of the polyethylene liners were noted to be worn substantially (mean volumetric wear, 1140 +/- 810 mm3). The wear was unrelated to the head diameter in this small number of cases. In all 12 cases, the articulating surfaces were wear polished and contained numerous fine multidirectional scratches, suggesting 3-body abrasive wear mechanisms in addition to adhesive wear liberating very small (micron to submicron) wear particles. In 4 cases, surface delamination and flaking of polyethylene were also found, suggesting fatigue wear liberating larger wear particles. Nine of 10 cobalt alloy heads showed numerous fine scratches with sharp edges presumably from 3-body abrasive wear. Corrosion and fretting at the femoral head-neck junction in 5 cases, burnishing of the femoral stem against bone in 4 cases, and metal staining of tissues opposite the porous coatings in 7 cases provided evidence for the liberation of fine metal particles from outside the articulation. Histologic and immunohistochemical studies of tissue in the regions of osteolysis in all cases showed numerous focal aggregates of KP1 antibody positive activated macrophages containing large amounts of submicron intracellular particles of polyethylene (presumably related to the 3-body abrasive wear polishing) and giant cells within a fibrous stroma. In 5 cases, some of the macrophages also contained submicron metal particles but smaller in numbers. T lymphocytes, plasma cells, and mast cells that might indicate hypersensitivity were found in 4 of the 12 cases (33%), and none of the cases had B lymphocytes. These data suggest that abrasive wear at the articulation leads to the liberation of abundant fine particulate wear debris of polyethylene into the tissues around cementless prostheses. Small amounts of particulate metal debris are also liberated from corrosion and fretting of the metal components and can contribute to accelerated 3-body abrasive wear at the articulation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

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Cited Authors

  • Jasty, M; Bragdon, C; Jiranek, W; Chandler, H; Maloney, W; Harris, WH

Published Date

  • November 1994

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 111 - 126

PubMed ID

  • 7955673

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-921X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States