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Radiolunate and Radioscapholunate Arthrodeses as Treatments for Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis: Long-Term Follow-Up.
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PMID:  22137064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: We evaluated long-term results for radiolunate and radioscapholunate arthrodeses for patients with rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis to determine the durability and efficacy of the procedures. The results are described and compared with those in the literature. METHODS: We carried out arthrodesis of the radiolunate joint (33 wrists) and the radioscapholunate joint (13 wrists) to achieve pain reduction and ulnar translation of the carpus in patients with rheumatoid (42 wrists) or psoriatic arthritis (4 wrists). At follow-up, 11 patients (13 wrists) had died, 2 patients (4 wrists) were lost to follow-up, and in 6 wrists an additional midcarpal arthrodesis had been performed. We evaluated the remaining 23 wrists (19 radiolunate and 4 radioscapholunate, and 1 psoriatic arthritic wrist) after a mean of 11 years. RESULTS: Clinical outcome was good, with a mean visual analog score of 2 out of 10 for pain, mean grip strength of 13 kg, and mean range of flexion-extension of 60°. Outcomes as measured by questionnaires were good. Radiographs demonstrated deterioration of all intracarpal joints as noted by an increased Larsen score and evidence of carpal translation. We noted no significant change in carpal height. CONCLUSIONS: Despite radiographic progression, radiolunate and radioscapholunate arthrodeses yield good clinical results at long-term follow-up. TYPE OF STUDY/LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic IV.
Eric E J Raven; Karsten D Ottink; Kees C Doets
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hand surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-6564     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-12-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7609631     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Am     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Gelre Hospital, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
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