Chondrolysis is the disappearance of articular cartilage as the result of the disintegration or dissolution of the cartilage matrix and cells. The condition is often times characterized by progressive destruction of articular cartilage, which causes joint narrowing and stiffness.
Causes: Chondrolysis may occur after immobilization or paralysis, or may accompany articular conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies recently have revealed a possible link between the use of intra-articular pain pumps.
CHONDROLYSIS AND PAIN PUMPS:
The use of a pain pump following arthroscopic surgery in the shoulder, has recently been correlated with an increase in chondrolysis. Surgeons sometime insert plastic tubes in joints after surgeries like knee replacements and shoulder arthroscopies. They have found that bathing a joint after surgery with a local pain medication can give better pain relief than similar medications prescribed by mouth or intravenously. The pain pump device releases the pain medication through a small catheter implanted in the joint.
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