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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 76-B, Issue 4 | Pages 575 - 578
1 Jul 1994
Berry D Barnes C Scott R Cabanela M Poss R

Ten cases are described of catastrophic failure of the polyethylene liner of three different designs of uncemented acetabular component. Failure occurred as a result of either 'wearthrough' to the metal backing, liner fracture or a combination of both, at a mean of 4.6 years after implantation (2 to 7.6). At revision there was metallosis in all hips and osteolysis of the femur or the pelvis in six. Catastrophic failure was seen only in cups with a minimum polyethylene thickness of less than 5 mm.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 74-B, Issue 5 | Pages 711 - 715
1 Sep 1992
Berry D Muller M

Revision hip arthroplasty in patients with massive acetabular bone deficiency has generally given poor long-term results. We report the use of an 'anti-protrusio cage', secured to the ischium and ilium, which bridges areas of acetabular bone loss, provides support for the acetabular socket, and allows pelvic bone grafting in an environment protected from excessive stress. Forty-two failed hip arthroplasties with massive acetabular bone loss were revised with the Burch-Schneider anti-protrusio cage and evaluated after two to 11 years (mean five years). There was failure due to sepsis in five hips (12%) and aseptic loosening in five (12%); the remaining 32 hips (76%) showed no evidence of acetabular component failure or loosening.