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Int Orthop. 2009 Jun;33(3):599-604. doi: 10.1007/s00264-008-0716-7. Epub 2009 Jan 29.

A systematic review of radiological outcomes of highly cross-linked polyethylene versus conventional polyethylene in total hip arthroplasty.

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Department of Orthopedics, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to summarise the best evidence to assess radiological outcomes of highly cross-linked polyethylene compared with conventional polyethylene in total hip arthroplasty. All randomised, controlled clinical trials comparing highly cross-linked polyethylene with conventional polyethylene were sought and then analysed by two independent reviewers using the Cochrane collaboration guidelines. Eight studies in seven articles were identified as eligible for inclusion. Due to the clinical and methodological heterogeneity, data from the studies included could not be pooled. No failures related to highly cross-linked polyethylene were reported. All highly cross-linked polyethylene groups had a significantly lower wear or penetration than conventional polyethylene groups. This preliminary result suggests that highly cross-linked polyethylene has significantly less wear than conventional polyethylene.

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19184008
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PMC2903077
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10.1007/s00264-008-0716-7
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