New York, NY, July 10, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Chondrolysis is a severe and permanent type of shoulder arthritis in which the cartilage of the joint is abruptly lost after shoulder arthroscopy. Chondrolysis can make shoulder movements unbearably painful. The excruciating pain makes daily activities that require shoulder movements e.g. eating, extremely difficult.
Chondrolysis may be associated with the use of pain pump catheters placed in the joint after arthroscopy for post-operative administration of local anesthetic.
Research has indicated that a cause of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis is shoulder pain pumps that malfunctioned after being inserted into shoulders following surgery. A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine addressed recent reports of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL).
The study focused on 177 arthroscopic shoulder surgeries and found there were 12 cases of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis.
Researchers identified shoulder pain pumps as a common factor. "Use of intra-articular pain pump catheters eluting bupivacaine with epinephrine appear highly associated with postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis," the authors concluded.
Some of the products under investigation are manufactured or distributed by Stryker, I-Flow Corporation (distributor of the On-Q pain pump) and DJO Incorporated.
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