What is the treatment for pyarthrosis due to pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Pyarthrosis of the hip joint can occur with communication of ischial or trochanteric ulcers. Often, the femoral head contains osteomyelitis, which necessitates its removal. The Girdlestone arthroplasty procedure has been employed in this situation (ie, hip pyarthrosis), including removal of the femoral head and reconstruction of this space with the vastus lateralis muscle flap (see the image below). [70]


Illustrated is Girdlestone arthroplasty for femora Illustrated is Girdlestone arthroplasty for femoral head osteomyelitis pyarthrosis of hip joint. Femoral head is removed, and hip joint space is reconstructed with vastus lateralis muscle flap.

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