Unsuspected non-Hodgkin's lymphoma discovered with routine histopathology after elective total hip arthroplasty.

Anthony J. Lauder, Seth A. Cheatham, Kevin L. Garvin

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The utility and cost-effectiveness of routine histologic examination of specimens from elective total joint procedures continues to be a source of debate. We describe a case of unsuspected non-Hodgkin's lymphoma discovered after routine histopathologic examination of a femoral head with osteoarthritis. The evidence both for and against routine tissue submission after elective arthroplasty cases is outlined in a review of the literature. By illustrating a neoplasm that would have been missed without routine pathologic examination, this case underscores a need for continued scrutiny of methods to effectively reduce medical costs while maintaining quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1060
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of arthroplasty
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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