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Knee arthrodesis as a salvage method for septic TKA failure


Periprosthetic joint infection is the most common reason for a failed TKA, with a septic TKA reported rate of 1 to 4% of primary TKA patients. Septic TKA has a various number of treatment options which include chronic-suppressive antibiotics, irrigation and debridement, single or staged revision arthroplasty. The goal is to eradicate the periprosthetic joint infection and reimplant a sterile and fully functional total knee prosthesis. In case the infection becomes uncontrollable, there is only one option to eradicate the infection: knee arthrodesis or above-knee amputation.

We report the case of a 63-year-old patient who in 2009 underwent TKA, the 1 year follow-up showed periprosthetic infection. At first stage, the prosthetic implants were removed and a solid cement spacer was shaped to occupy the remaining space. In 2011, after achieving complete clinical and biological remission of the infection, the cement spacer was removed and LCCK revision prosthesis was inserted.

In 2013 reinfection occurred leading to removal of the prosthetic implants and reinsertion of an antibiotic impregnated cement spacer.

Since the patient suffered significant bone loss and the local conditions were unfavorable, being prone to infection, there were 2 options to evaluate: knee arthrodesis or above knee amputation. We chose knee arthrodesis using Ilizarov external fixation technique.

Many surgical techniques are available to achieve knee arthrodesis: internal fixation with plates or intramedullary nails and external fixation. The Ilizarov method is a very effective technique that could be taken into consideration when knee arthrodesis is required.

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GCT of knee treated with modular prosthesis-case presentation


The GCT is an aggressive benign tumor with metastatic potential, most often within the lungs in 2-3% of the patients. It makes about 5% of total bone tumors and about 15% of total benign bone tumors.

The maximum incidence occurs between 30 and 40 years old, most frequently affecting the long bones epiphysis (distal femur, proximal tibia, and distal radius).

We report the case of a 50-year-old female, with no previous medical history, admitted in the emergency department (ED) for significant pain and functional impairment of the left knee. Clinical examination and imaging tests established the diagnosis of distal femoral tumor.

The patient underwent surgical segmental resection of the tumor within oncological limits and subsequent arthroplasty with cemented modular tumoral prosthesis was performed.

Even if the GCT is a benign tumor, it has an aggressive behavior and malignancy potential with an important impact on quality of life. Due to localization, this type of tumor can quickly manifest clinically, which allows an early diagnosis and a less invasive surgical technique.

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