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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Rice bodies: An uncommon incidental finding inside a bursa over a hip implant

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

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Ganesh S Dharmshaktu
C/O Dr. Y. P. S. Pangtey, Ganga Vihar, Malli Bamori, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/jmsr.jmsr_9_17

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Osteosynthesis in orthopedic surgery involves placement of various implants inside the body as a means of fracture fixation. Certain implants have the propensity to become loose due to physiological cyclic loading or other biomechanical issues. A prominent implant often develops surrounding bursitis with or without an external wound. Removal of a prominent implant is done for clinical improvement with or without revision surgeries. A rare incidental finding of multiple rice bodies inside a bursa over an implant prominence is a rare event and has been described here with relevant details. The preoperative clinicoradiological features did not show any feature suggesting their presence, and no associated infective pathology including bacterial, mycobacterial, or fungal was identified in further investigations. A handful of cases associated with implant-related issues have been reported so far, and this case adds value to the existing literature with its rarity and learning potential.

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