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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Jan;466(1):205-9. doi: 10.1007/s11999-007-0011-8. Epub 2008 Jan 3.

Osteoarticular and total elbow allograft reconstruction with severe bone loss.

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  • 1Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, 6801 Park Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA.


Osteoarticular allograft reconstruction is an option in patients with massive periarticular elbow bone loss secondary to tumor surgery or trauma. Our consecutive series consisted of 18 patients with tumors and one patient with trauma. Reconstruction consisted of 16 hemiarticular allografts and three total elbow osteoarticular allografts; patients had a minimum followup of 2 years (mean, 9.9 years; range, 2-12 years). For patients who had hemiarticular allografts, 14 of 16 were able to return to their preoperative level of occupational function, with one patient experiencing failure of the allograft from infection. For the three patients who had total elbow allograft reconstructions, all had degenerative changes develop after surgery and two of the allografts failed. Complications occurred in six of 19 patients. Hemiarticular elbow allograft reconstruction is useful for limb salvage with massive bone loss. Total elbow allograft reconstructions have a high failure rate in the mid-term.


Level IV, therapeutic study.

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