Elbow Arthroplasty - Follow-Up Imaging

Painful or failed elbow arthroplasties are evaluated with serial conventional radiographs. Most of these cases will show radiographic abnormalities. Exceptions include:

  • Acutely infected arthroplasties where the diagnosis has been made very early by clinical exam, before radiographic abnormalities have developed.
  • Adjacent soft tissue abnormalities that may require advanced imaging for optimal evaluation.

Painful or failed arthroplasties may be due to a variety of problems. These include:

  • Instability
  • Polyethylene problems
  • Osteolysis
  • Loosening
  • Infection
  • Fractures
  • Heterotopic  ossification

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