International Orthopaedics

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 907–912 | Cite as

Assessment of fixation in cementless femoral revision of total hip arthroplasty: comparison of the Engh score versus radiolucent line measurement

  • Olivier Roche
  • Julien GirardEmail author
  • François Canovas
  • Henri Migaud
  • François Bonnomet
  • Mathias Goldschild
  • Pierre Le Béguec
Review Article



To assess osseointegration and stability of a primary cementless femoral stem, many scoring systems have been developed, but none of them have taken into account only the radiolucent line. The purposes of this study were (1) to compare the results between the Engh score to assess osseointegration and stability of the cementless stem with results of a score called the O-SS score (osseointegration-secondary stability), which takes into account the radiolucent line, (2) to verify the relationship between these two scores and the functional results, and (3) to verify if there is a relationship between the O-SS score and secondary subsidence or a pedestal.


A clinical and radiological evaluation was performed in a group of 100 hip prosthesis revisions comparing the results obtained by Engh score and O-SS score for which reproducibility was analysed.


Inter-observer reproducibility was estimated to be average at 0.5 and intra-observer reproducibility good at 0.7. The correlation with the Engh score was good at r = 0.59 (p < 0.0001). For the 80 cases assessed O-SS score as very good/good, Harris hip score was at 83.7 versus 78.25 for the 20 cases assessed as average/poor (p = 0.07). For the 73 cases with assessed Engh score as very good/good, this score was at 82.8 versus 82.14 for the 27 cases assessed as average/poor. No correlation between the O-SS score and secondary subsidence (p = 0.2) or pedestal (p = 0.2) was noticed.


The evaluation of the clear radiolucent line alone, extent and location, is a sufficient condition to assess osseointegration and secondary stability of a cementless femoral stem.


Revision hip prosthesis Cementless stem Radiolucent line Osseointegration Secondary stability Functional results 



Our thanks are extended to Anne Ingels for the statistical studies.

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Conflict of interest

OR certifies that he has or may receive payments or benefits from a commercial entity (Zimmer Educational). FC certifies that he has or may receive payments or benefits from a commercial entity (Zimmer Educational). JG certifies that he has or may receive payments or benefits from a commercial entity (Zimmer Educational). HM certifies that he has or may receive payments or benefits from a commercial entity (Zimmer Educational). FB certifies that he has or may receive payments or benefits from a commercial entity (Amplitude) that may not be perceived as a potential conflict of interest. PLB certifies that he has or may receive payments or benefits from a commercial entity (Zimmer GmbH) that may be perceived as a potential conflict of interest. MG has no potential conflict of interest.

Ethical review committee

Each author certifies that his institution has approved the reporting of these cases and that all investigations were conducted in conformity with ethical principles of research.

Location of the work

This study was conducted at Polyclinique Sévigné


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Roche
    • 1
  • Julien Girard
    • 2
    Email author
  • François Canovas
    • 3
  • Henri Migaud
    • 2
  • François Bonnomet
    • 4
  • Mathias Goldschild
    • 5
  • Pierre Le Béguec
    • 6
  1. 1.Centre Chirurgical Emile GalléNancyFrance
  2. 2.Hôpital Roger SalengroCHU LilleLille CedexFrance
  3. 3.Hôpital LapeyronieCHU MontpellierMontpellier CedexFrance
  4. 4.Hôpital de HautepierreCHU StrasbourgStrasbourg CedexFrance
  5. 5.Polyclinique SévignéCesson-SévignéFrance
  6. 6.11 Galeries du théâtreRennesFrance

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