Screw loose…

September 2, 2013

Ankle XR, Orthopedics, Trauma, XR

Screw loosening 1 Screw loosening 2

This is an ankle XR demonstrating radiographic signs of hardware loosening.  The first XR is from several years ago, shortly after hardware placement.  The second XR is recent and it shows a radiolucent rim around the distal tibia screw.  This can be a sign that the screw is loosening in the bone and may fail. 

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

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