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Examining the Ethical Implications of an Orthopaedic Joint Registry
James D. Capozzi, MD1; Rosamond Rhodes, PhD2
1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Winthrop University Hospital, 222 Station Plaza North, Mineola, NY 11501. E-mail address: jcapozzi@winthrop.org
2 Department of Medical Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave Levy Place, New York, NY 10029
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Copyright ©2010 American Society for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 May 01;92(5):1330-1333. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.01410
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R.P., a fifty-seven-year-old man, underwent a total hip replacement with a newly designed, cementless hip system. Within the first several months after surgery, he had persistent thigh pain. Radiographs made at one year indicated progressive radiolucent lines surrounding the femoral component. He required revision surgery for aseptic loosening of the femoral component. Several months following the revision, a single journal article indicating a similar problem at another institution with the same device was published. A year later, two additional articles appeared in the literature. One year later, the femoral device originally implanted in R.P. was removed from the market.

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