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A comparison of survival of moulded monoblock and modular tibial components of 751 AGC total knee replacements in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

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We evaluated the survival of moulded monoblock and modular tibial components of the AGC total knee replacement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Between 1985 and 1995, 751 knees with this diagnosis were replaced at our institution. A total of 256 tibial components were of the moulded design and 495 of the modular design. The mean follow-up of the moulded subgroup was 9.6 years (0.5 to 14.7), and that of the modular group 7.0 years (0.1 to 14.7).

The groups differed significantly from each other in Larsen grade, cementing of components and patellar resurfacing, but no statistically significant difference between the survival of the components was found (Log rank test, p = 0.91). The cumulative success rate of the moulded group was 96.8% (95% confidence interval 93.6% to 98.4%) at five years and 94.4% (95% confidence interval 90.4% to 96.7%) at ten years, and of the modular group 96.2% (95% confidence interval 94% to 97.6%) and 93.6% (95% confidence interval 89.7% to 96%), respectively. Revision was required in 37 total knee replacements, the main causes were infection, pain, loosening of the tibial component and patellar problems. Survival rates for both components were satisfactory.

Correspondence should be sent to Dr A.-K. Himanen; e-mail: anna-katriina.himanen@uta.fi

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