J Bone Jt Infect 2019; 4(5):203-208. doi:10.7150/jbji.36618


The Girdlestone situation: a historical essay

C.M. Vincenten1✉, T. Gosens1, J.C. van Susante2, M.P. Somford2

1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Elisabeth-Tweesteden Hospital, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, The Netherlands

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Vincenten CM, Gosens T, van Susante JC, Somford MP. The Girdlestone situation: a historical essay. J Bone Jt Infect 2019; 4(5):203-208. doi:10.7150/jbji.36618. Available from http://www.jbji.net/v04p0203.htm

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The eponymous term 'Girdlestone situation' originally referred to an excision of the femoral head in case of an acute pyogenic infection of the hip, described by Gathorne Robert Girdlestone in 1945. Over time the procedure and the indication to perform it have significantly changed. This article presents a short biography of Girdlestone with a concomitant report on investigating the evolution of the indication and technique of the Girdlestone situation from the first description up to contemporary literature.

Keywords: Hip resection arthroplasty, Girdlestone