Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2016.12.009
Title: Stem taper mismatch has a critical effect on ceramic head fracture risk in modular hip arthroplasty
Language: English
Authors: Gührs, Julian 
Körner, Mandy 
Bechstedt, Maren 
Krull, Annika 
Morlock, Michael 
Issue Date: Jan-2017
Source: Clinical Biomechanics (41): 106-110 (2017-01)
Journal or Series Name: Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon) 
Abstract (english): Background Modular total hip prostheses with ceramic heads are well established in orthopedic surgery and widely used. With the variety of different manufacturers and available designs, components are at risk for mismatch. Several case studies show the potentially devastating effects of mismatch. Methods The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of one arbitrary component mismatch with commercially available components that appear to provide a stable fixation during assembly. A biomechanical in-vitro analysis of fracture strength (n = 5) was carried out in accordance with ISO 7206-10. “Type1” Bi-Metric®-stems were mismatched with “V40” Al2O3 ceramic heads. Findings Mean fracture strength was reduced to about 50% of the recommended FDA minimum by the mismatch (Mean 23.68 kN, SD 2.35 kN). A small contact area between head and stem taper was identified as a potential key parameter. Interpretation Mixing and matching components can put a patient at greater risk for ceramic head fracture and must be avoided.
ISSN: 0268-0033
Institute: Biomechanik M-3 
Type: (wissenschaftlicher) Artikel
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