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Hip replaced, pain in mid thigh, swelling, fluid on site and scheduled for fluid extraction. Reason?

MY HUSBAND IS 91 YEARS OLD , HE HAD RIGHT HIP REPLACEMENT OCTOBER 2009, LATELY HE HAS BEEN HAVING PAIN AT MIDTHIGH OF THE RIGHT LEG PLUS SWELLING OF THE RESPECTIVE ANKLE; WE CONSULTED THE ORTHOPEDIST WHO ORDERED A BONE SCAN; YESTERDAY, WE HAD A CALL FROM THE RADIOLOGIST'S NURSE TELLING US THAT MY HUSBAND HAS FLUID ON THE SITE AND HE WAS SCHEDULED FOR A FLUID EXTRACTION ON TUESDAY. WHAT IS HAPPENING?.
Asked On : Wed, 9 Oct 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description of symptoms, the likely possibility for fluid formation inside the joint could be an Infection. This has to be established by subjecting the aspirated fluid to various biochemical tests and culture. A few blood investigations are also necessary to diagnose the likely cause. Bone scan will show up the infective focus, if it is present.

Further management depends upon the condition diagnosed.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Wed, 9 Oct 2013
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