Arthroscopic observation was useful to detect loosening of the femoral component of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty in a recurrent hemoarthrosis
1 Department of Orthopaedics, Fukui General Hospital, 58-16-1 Egami, Fukui, Fukui 9108561, Japan
2 Arakawa Orthopaedic Clinic, Fukui, Japan
Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 2012, 4:8 doi:10.1186/1758-2555-4-8Published: 21 February 2012
A case of recurrent hemarthrosis of the knee after a mobile-bearing unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA; Oxford UKA) is described. A 58-year-old man met with a road traffic accident 10 months after UKA. He developed anteromedial pain and hemarthrosis of the knee joint 1 month after the accident, which required multiple aspirations. Physical examination showed no instability. Plain radiograph revealed no signs of loosening. All laboratory data, including bleeding and coagulation times, were within normal limits. Diagnostic arthroscopy demonstrated loosening of the femoral component. Any intraarticular pathology other than nonspecific synovitis was ruled out. The loose femoral component and polyethylene meniscal bearing were revised. Since then, hemarthrosis has not recurred.