Presentation of Gamma-Irradiated-in-Air Polyethylene Wear in the Form of a Synovial Cyst

Bryan T. Edwards, Patrick B. Leach, Robert Zura, Raymond S Corpe, Timothy R Young

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Abstract

The increased wear of polyethylene sterilized with gamma irradiation in air has well been documented in the total knee arthroplasty literature. Our case report describes a patient with a well-functioning total knee replacement presenting with wear debris synovitis in the form of a large synovial cyst. We discuss this patient's preoperative evaluation, intraoperative findings, and postoperative outcome after synovectomy and polyethylene exchange. We also review the current literature on appropriate polyethylene sterilization methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-417
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2003

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Synovial Cyst
Polyethylene
Polyethylenes
Knee Replacement Arthroplasties
Air
Wear of materials
Knee prostheses
Arthroplasty
Synovitis
Debris
Irradiation

Keywords

  • Gamma-irradiated polyethylene
  • Wear total knee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Presentation of Gamma-Irradiated-in-Air Polyethylene Wear in the Form of a Synovial Cyst. / Edwards, Bryan T.; Leach, Patrick B.; Zura, Robert; Corpe, Raymond S; Young, Timothy R.

In: Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants, Vol. 13, No. 5, 07.11.2003, p. 413-417.

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Edwards, Bryan T. ; Leach, Patrick B. ; Zura, Robert ; Corpe, Raymond S ; Young, Timothy R. / Presentation of Gamma-Irradiated-in-Air Polyethylene Wear in the Form of a Synovial Cyst. In: Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants. 2003 ; Vol. 13, No. 5. pp. 413-417.
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