Antibiotic spacer (right shoulder)

Case contributed by Dr Jayanth Keshavamurthy

Presentation

Status-post right rotator cuff surgery, followed by infection.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Describe the right shoulder finding ? what surgery did patient have?

X-ray

There is a temporary right shoulder antibiotic spacer. Previous right rotator cuff surgery complicated by infection. This surgery is done prior to interval shoulder arthroplasty.

There is a left PICC line catheter.

Case Discussion

There is a cement impregnated antibiotic spacer. This is most likely used for infected joint temporarily prior to joint replacement a few weeks later.

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