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We retrospectively evaluated 42 hips which had undergone acetabular reconstruction using the Kerboull acetabular reinforcement device between September 1994 and December 1998. We used autogenous bone chips from the ilium and ceramic particle morsellised grafts, even in large acetabular bone defects, in the early stages of the study. Thereafter, femoral head allograft was used as bulk graft in patients with large acetabular defects. Ceramic blocks and the patients' contralateral femoral head were also used as bulk graft. The mean follow-up period was 8.7 years (4.3 to 12).Survivorship analysis was performed using radiological failure of the acetabular component, irrespective of whether it was revised, or not, as the end-point.The survival rate of the morsellised graft group (25 hips) and the bulk graft group (17 hips) at ten years was 53% (95% confidence interval (CI) 42.5% to 63.5%) and 82% (95% CI 72.4% to 91.6%), respectively. The mid-term results of revision total hip replacement with the Kerboull device were better when bulk graft was used in any size of bone defect.