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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 1/2015

Outcomes of total hip arthroplasty in patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders > Ausgabe 1/2015
Seung-Jae Lim, Ingwon Yeo, Chan-Woo Park, Young-Wan Moon, Youn-Soo Park
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Seung-Jae Lim and Ingwon Yeo contributed equally to this work.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

YSP and YWM carried out in the design of the study and led the co-ordination of the study. SJL and IGY wrote this manuscript and participated in coordination. CWP collected the clinical data. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an immune-mediated acquired disease that is characterized by a decrease in the platelet count and an increased risk of bleeding. There is little information in the literature about the results of major joint replacement surgery in patients with ITP. The aim of this study was to report on the results of total hip arthroplasty (THA) in patients with primary ITP.


We retrospectively identified 15 THAs performed in 11 patients with primary ITP. The study group was matched (1:2) to a non-ITP control group of 30 THAs in 22 patients. According to the perioperative hematologic evaluation, blood management interventions were performed. All procedures were performed by a single surgeon and all patients received cementless components with ceramic-on-ceramic bearing. Mean duration of follow-up was 7.1 years (range, 2–13).


No significant differences were found between the two groups with regard to mean operative time, intraoperative blood loss, amount of closed suction drainage, length of hospital stay, and readmission rate. However, the proportion of patients requiring transfusion of packed red blood cells and/or platelet concentrate was higher in the ITP group when compared to the non-ITP group. Mean Harris hip score improved from 49.5 points preoperatively to 93.4 points at the final follow-up and no hips were revised for loosening or osteolysis in the ITP group. No significant differences were found between the two groups with respect to mean postoperative Harris hip scores and complication rates.


Our study showed encouraging clinical and radiographic results of THA in patients with ITP without increased risk of adverse events compared to those in patients without ITP. On the basis of these findings, we suggest that modern cementless THA might be a viable treatment for achieving functional improvement in patients with ITP and end-stage hip disease.
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