Monday, March 14, 2016

Failed shoulder arthroplasty - the power of plain films

A man consulted with us recently about the sensation of clucking he has developed after a shoulder arthroplasty done elsewhere.

On examination a shift can be felt when he flexes his shoulder.

The two anteroposterior views are not that impressive.

However, the axillary view shows a large radiolucent zone between the cemented glenoid component and the glenoid bone. Thus suggests that the component is toggling on shoulder movement.