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Phlegmasia cerulea dolens and external iliac vein disruption after revision total hip arthroplasty.

Research paper by Jared S JS Preston, Steven S Mennona, Stephen S Kayiaros

Indexed on: 21 Oct '17Published on: 21 Oct '17Published in: Arthroplasty Today



Abstract

We present a unique case of phlegmasia cerulea dolens and compartment syndrome secondary to external iliac vein disruption after revision total hip arthroplasty. To our knowledge, this complication has not yet been described following revision total hip arthroplasty. We conclude that although vascular complications are fortunately rare after hip arthroplasty, they can have significant morbidity and mortality. Surgeons should have a thorough understanding of pelvic and hip anatomy for screw and retractor placement and know how to appropriately and expeditiously manage vascular complications should they occur.