Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, also known as PAGCL, has been recently associated with the use of intra-articular pain pump catheters temporarily implanted in the shoulder during surgery.
What is Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL)?
Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL) is a condition in which there is a deterioration of cartilage located within the shoulder joint. In July 2007, The American Journal of Sports Medicine identified intra-articular pain pumps as the most likely cause of this condition. A study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons showed that 12 or 152 patients who had undergone arthroscopic shoulder surgeries developed PAGLC. PAGCL usually occurs one month after surgery. The patient will experience pain both when the shoulder is in motion and when the shoulder is still, a decrease in their range of motion, and weakness in the affected shoulder. It is common for patients affected by PAGCL to require repeat surgical procedures, and the condition may ultimately require shoulder joint replacement surgery, known as glenohumeral arthroplasty. Many patients, however, never regain full use of their shoulder joint.
Signs & Symptoms of Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL)
There are a variety of signs and symptoms associated with Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL) including:
- Stiff shoulder
- Shoulder pain (either when in motion or at rest)
- Clicking shoulder
- Popping shoulder
- Grinding shoulder
- Shoulder weakness
- Decreased shoulder range of motion
Diagnosis & Treatment Options
Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis is usually diagnosed with an x-ray showing the narrowing of the shoulder joint space. The only treatment for PAGCL is surgery.
Do I Have a Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL) Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting PAGCL cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has developed PAGCL, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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