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Elbow Hemiarthroplasty for Late Reconstruction of a Traumatic Elbow Bone Defect in a Young PatientA Case Report
Konstantinos Ditsios, MD, PhD1; Achilleas Boutsiadis, MD1; Filon Agathangelidis, MD1; Minos Tyllianakis, MD, PhD2; Anastasios Christodoulou, MD, PhD1
1 First Orthopaedic Department of Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, “G. Papanikolaou” General Hospital, 57010, Exohi, Thessaloniki, Greece. E-mail address for K. Ditsios: kostasditsios@gmail.com. E-mail address for A. Boutsiadis: boutsia@gmail.com. E-mail address for F. Agathangelidis: fagath@gmail.com. E-mail address for A. Christodoulou: an.christodoulou@gmail.com
2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, University of Patras, Rion 26504, Greece. E-mail address: mtyllianakis@hotmail.com
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Investigation performed at the First Orthopaedic Department of Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, “G. Papanikolaou” General Hospital, Thessaloniki, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical School, University of Patras, Rion, Greece



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Copyright © 2013 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
JBJS Case Connector, 2013 Dec 11;3(4):e129 1-5. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.M.00137
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Hemiarthroplasty of the human elbow was first described in 1947 by Mellen and Phalen1. Encouraging follow-up results with good range of motion and substantial pain relief after elbow hemiarthoplasty were published in 19742. Nevertheless, in cases with severe bone loss and comminution, the semiconstrained total elbow arthroplasty has been a very reliable solution during the last decades3,4, especially in elderly patients. However, in active patients with an injured dominant arm, the major mid and long-term complication of these semi or totally linked polyethylene components is the risk of loosening5. In younger patients, the new anatomic elbow hemiarthroplasty offers the possibility of greater mobility, stability, and promising long-term results6.
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