We report a case of bead shedding from a cylindrical extensively porous-coated cementless femoral component with concomitant taper corrosion at the modular head-neck junction of a metal-on-polyethylene total hip prosthesis. The patient presented with chronic thigh pain 4 years after primary total hip arthroplasty, and radiographs revealed significant osteolysis and metallic debris around the femoral stem. Intraoperatively, the patient had a grossly loose femoral component with debonding of sintered beads from the femoral stem, as well as evidence of taper corrosion. We identify a failure of a modern beaded femoral component in conjunction with taper corrosion.
- Bead shedding
- Taper corrosion
- Total hip arthroplasty
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine