Radialization of the Ulnar Component During Revision Total Elbow Arthroplasty: A Case Report

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Abstract

Case:

Revision total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) is becoming more common. Revision of a failed total elbow prosthesis requires implant removal and replacement. With implant removal, substantial damage to the distal part of the humerus or the proximal part of the ulna can occur. Therefore, reconstruction may require special or custom implants with bone augmentation (e.g., allograft bone graft). This report describes the 9-year follow-up of a man who underwent revision TEA with placement of the ulnar component into the proximal part of the radial shaft (radialization) instead of into the proximal part of the ulnar shaft.

Conclusion:

Radialization of the ulnar component is a viable reconstruction option for the ulnar component during revision TEA.

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