Periprosthetic fracture

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Periprosthetic fracture is a term used to describe any fracture that occurs around an implanted orthopedic prosthesis, most commonly knee or hip arthroplasties.


Periprosthetic fractures complicate, ~1% of total hip arthroplasties and ~1.5% of total knee arthroplasties 1,2.

Radiographic features

They can be difficult to diagnose, with metalware potentially obscuring the fracture on x-ray or creating extensive artifact on CT/MRI.

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rID: 49512
Tag: ortho, refs
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  • Periprosthetic fractures

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  • Case 1: involving the hip
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  • Case 2: involving the knee
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  • Vancouver B1 periprosthetic hip fracture
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