An Unusual Disengagement of the Humeral Head Component after Hemiarthroplasty: A Case Report Presentation

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Rare Complication of Shoulder Hemiarthroplasty and its Management.

Case Report |  Volume 4 | Issue 2 | JOCR April-June 2014 | Page 69-72 | Gunay C, Oken F, Yildirim AO, Ucaner A. DOI: 10.13107/jocr.2250-0685.172

Authors: Gunay C[1], Oken F[1], Yildirim AO[1], Ucaner A[1]

[1] Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Altındağ, Ankara, Turkey.

Address of Correspondence:

Dr. Cuneyd Gunay, Ulku mah. Talatpasa Bulvarı No:5, PK:06100 Altındağ, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail:


Introduction: Proximal humeral fractures account for 4% to 5% of all fractures. Complex proximal humeral fractures with displaced three- and four- part fragments, humeral head splits and fracture-dislocations are more difficult to treat. In older patients, because of poor bone quality, hemiarthroplasty is often the indicated treatment. 

Case Report: One such case of a 73-year-old woman is presented here. The patient presented with a four-part fracture of the proximal humerus, with displacement of the humeral head. Hemiarthroplasty was done in the right shoulder. At postoperative 20 days, during physical therapy, the humeral head component of the prosthesis disengaged and a second operation was necessary. A deltopectoral approach was repeated using the previous incision. The humeral stem was seen to be well-fixed into the bone so the humeral head was changed for a new one of the same size. At two years, the dominant right side had active, painless ROM.

Conclusion: The management and two-year follow-up of this case is reported here, which was the first to occur at our institution.

Keywords: Complications; fracture; proximal humerus; shoulder hemiarthroplasty; surgical treatment.

How to Cite This Article: Gunay C, Oken F, Yildirim AO, Ucaner A. An Unusual Disengagement of the Humeral Head Component after Hemiarthroplasty: A Case Report Presentation. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2014 April-June;4(2): 69-72. Available from:



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