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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 6208294, 5 pages
Case Report

Acute Failure of a Glenoid Component in Anatomic Shoulder Arthroplasty

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA 23298, USA

Received 23 April 2016; Accepted 13 July 2016

Academic Editor: Stephan Vogt

Copyright © 2016 William E. Daner, III and Norman D. Boardman, III. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Glenoid loosening is the most common cause of failure in primary total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) and often occurs years after the initial surgery. It is rare for a glenoid component to fail acutely. Several case reports of complete glenoid dissociation appear in the literature. It is important to report these failures to identify technical errors or component design flaws to improve outcomes in TSA. In this case report, we present an unrecognized acute failure of a cemented hybrid glenoid component at the time of surgery.