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J Bone Jt Infect. 2019 Sep 18;4(5):203-208. doi: 10.7150/jbji.36618. eCollection 2019.

The Girdlestone situation: a historical essay.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, The Netherlands.


The eponymous term 'Girdlestone situation' originally referred to an excision of the femoral head in case of an acute pyogenic infection of the hip, described by Gathorne Robert Girdlestone in 1945. Over time the procedure and the indication to perform it have significantly changed. This article presents a short biography of Girdlestone with a concomitant report on investigating the evolution of the indication and technique of the Girdlestone situation from the first description up to contemporary literature.


Girdlestone; Hip resection arthroplasty

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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