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International Journal of Surgery Case Reports




INTRODUCTION: Primary THA in an irradiated hip poses risk for early loosening and inadequate ingrowth. Adverse effects such as decreased vascularity and increased infection risk pose a threat.

CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was a case of post-irradiation (for cervical cancer) bilateral THA loosening causing aseptic acetabular loosening on one side and catastrophic septic loosening with a Paprosky type IIIB acetabular defect with pelvic discontinuity on the contralateral side.

DISCUSSION: There have been various studies documenting deleterious effects of irradiation on osseoin-tegration and provide a challenge for long-term implant stability in THA patients.

CONCLUSION: A meticulous treatment protocol with contemporary implant technology and staged bilateral stepwise management can lead to satisfactory clinical outcomes.This case report highlights on such specific nuances and principles.

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Originally published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 42, 218-223. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. The original material can be found here.