Osteolysis is the breakdown of bone, which is a normal part of the self-restructuring of bone, but which can in some cases be abnormal and leave cavities in the area.
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Osteolysis around total knee arthroplasty: a review of pathogenetic mechanisms. Gallo J, Goodman SB, Konttinen YT, Wimmer MA and Holinka M. Acta Biomater. 2013 Sep; 9(9): 8046–8058.
Revision total knee arthroplasty for major osteolysis. Burnett RSJ, Keeney JA, Maloney WJ and Clohisy JC. Iowa Orthop J. 2009; 29: 28–37.