Early Failure of a Polyethylene Acetabular Liner Cemented Into a Metal Cup
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In 2002, a patient underwent revision total hip arthroplasty for polyethylene wear. The acetabular cup was well fixed, and it was decided to cement a new polyethylene liner into the existing cup. In 2006, the patient presented with inability to weight bear and easy subluxation of the hip. Revision surgery was performed, and all components were examined postoperatively. Investigation with microcomputed tomography revealed that the liner had plastically deformed at the superior pole resulting in the hip instability. The reasons for this are suspected to be related to the abducted nature of the original cup and an uneven cement mantle. This report suggests that cementation of polyethylene liners into metal cups has limitations and is not appropriate in all circumstances.
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