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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5354298, 4 pages
Case Report

A Large Rice Body-Containing Cyst Mimicking Infection following Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Case Report

1Orthopedic Surgery Department, Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon
2Radiology Department, Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon

Correspondence should be addressed to Maroun Rizkallah

Received 19 March 2017; Revised 3 May 2017; Accepted 7 May 2017; Published 5 June 2017

Academic Editor: Paul E. Di Cesare

Copyright © 2017 Wael Bayoud et al. 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.


Introduction. Soft tissue mass following total hip arthroplasty raises several differential diagnoses not limited to infection, hematoma, wear debris, malignancy, and bursitis. Rice body formation in the hip region is an uncommon process denoting a chronic inflammation. We report here the second case of its kind in the medical literature of a wide symptomatic rice-like body cyst complicating a total hip arthroplasty. Case Presentation. This is the case of an 82-year-old white female, presenting with a warm, red, and inflated groin five years after revision of right total hip arthroplasty. Surgical intervention reveals a large well circumscribed cyst containing well-organized rice-like bodies. This eventuality was never reported in differential diagnosis of hip periprosthetic soft tissue masses before. Conclusion. This case report helps widening the array of the differential diagnosis in patients presenting with a slow growing soft tissue mass following total hip arthroplasty, making rice-like bodies cyst a valid one to consider.