We describe a case of symptomatic focal femoral osteolysis around a screw hole distal to the hydroxyapatite-coated portion of a cannulated femoral component in a revision hip replacement. No locking screw had been inserted into this, the most proximal of the three distal holes for locking screws. The presence of polyethylene wear debris in the tissue excised from the lesion suggested that it had passed through the cannulated portion of the stem and out of the proximal unfilled distal locking hole, initiating an osteolytic reaction in an otherwise well-fixed stem. This case highlights an important design characteristic of such cannulated, uncemented femoral components. We recommend that the proximal aperture of these cannulated stems be occluded at implantation.