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Endoprosthetic replacement of the humerus and elbow joint



Endoprosthetic replacement of the humerus and elbow joint



Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. British Volume 69(4): 652-655



Between 1969 and 1985 26 patients with destructive lesions of the distal humerus were treated by endoprosthetic replacement; each implant was custom-made and incorporated part of the distal humerus or the entire bone as well as a hinged total elbow replacement. Recurrence occurred in three of the patients with tumours, and three prostheses were removed because of deep infection in patients with previously compound injuries of the elbow. Another three loosened without infection, but none needed revision or removal and no amputations resulted. Other complications included nerve palsies, but the only deaths were from metastases. A useful range of elbow movement, with a stable arm and good hand function, was achieved in every patient.

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Accession: 005359000

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PMID: 3611176

DOI: 10.1302/0301-620X.69B4.3611176



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