Long-term results of total elbow arthroplasty in patients with hemophilia

Lukas Ernstbrunner, Andreas Hingsammer, Mohamed A Imam, Reto Sutter, Brigit Brand, Dominik C Meyer, Karl Wieser

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HYPOTHESIS: It was hypothesized that the long-term survivorship and clinical outcome are reasonable, justifying total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) in patients with end-stage hemophilic arthropathy.

METHODS: From 2002 to 2012, 13 primary TEAs (Coonrad-Morrey design) were implanted in 9 consecutive patients with an average age of 55 (range, 39-76) years. Type A hemophilia was diagnosed in 7 patients and type B hemophilia in 2 patients. Clinical and radiographic results of all (11 TEAs) but 1 patient were retrospectively analyzed.

RESULTS: After a mean of 9.1 (range, 5-14) years, the mean visual analog scale score for pain, total Mayo Elbow Performance Score, and subjective elbow value were significantly improved from 5 (standard deviation, ±3) to 2 (±2; P = .007) points, from 64 (±16) to 89 (±11; P = .008) points, and from 47% (±15%) to 81% (±11%; P < .001), respectively. Whereas the flexion arc remained unchanged (P = .279), mean active pronation improved significantly (P = .024). Postoperative complications were recorded in 8 TEAs (62%), whereas 5 TEAs (38%) underwent partial component exchange after a mean of 7.2 (range, 3-10) years: 2 for periprosthetic infection, 2 for polyethylene wear, and 1 for humeral component loosening. Of the living patients after partial component exchange (n = 3), the mean final total Mayo Elbow Performance Score, flexion and rotation arc, visual analog scale score for pain, and subjective elbow value were comparable with the results of the living patients without revision surgery (n = 8).

CONCLUSIONS: TEA for patients with advanced hemophilic arthropathy is associated with a substantial complication and revision rate. However, even after revision without implant removal, it provides good functional and subjective long-term results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-132
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number1
Early online date3 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis/etiology
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Elbow
  • Elbow Joint
  • Female
  • Hemophilia A/complications
  • Hemophilia B/complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications/epidemiology
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome

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