alexa Crystal Arthropathy of the Prosthetic Joint

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Crystal Arthropathy of the Prosthetic Joint

Mahdi Yacine Khalfaoui*

Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Salford Royal Hospital, Northwest Deanery, United Kingdom

*Corresponding Author:
Khalfaoui MY
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics
Salford Royal Hospital, Northwest
Deanery, United Kingdom
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 04, 2015; Accepted date: December 18, 2015; Published date: January 27, 2016

Citation: Khalfaoui MY (2016) Crystal Arthropathy of the Prosthetic Joint. J Ost Arth 1:111.

Copyright: © 2016 Khalfaoui MY. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Complications following knee and hip arthroplasty surgery are not uncommon, with features of pain, erythema, warmth and an effusion strongly suggestive of an underlying infective process. Managing septic arthritis in the setting of a prosthetic joint usually requires complex and invasive surgery. A diagnosis of peri-prosthetic crystal arthropathy is often overlooked, however over the last three decades multiple case reports and case series have been published describing this complication in the setting of hip and knee arthroplasty. A greater awareness of this rare complication can result in complete symptom resolution using conservative measures alone with the avoidance of invasive surgery usually performed for suspected sepsis.


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