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Resection arthroplasty for septic arthritis of the sternoclavicular joint.
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PMID:  21872494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Treatment for septic arthritis of the sternoclavicular (SC) joint with concomitant osteomyelitis of the clavicle often requires joint resection rather than simple incision and drainage. We evaluated the effectiveness of resection arthroplasty for patients with septic arthritis of the SC joint. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 10 patients who underwent resection arthroplasty for SC joint septic arthritis between 1996 and 2008. The mean patient age was 52.8 ± 10.5 years (range, 40-72 years), the mean symptom duration before surgery was 16.9 days (range, 2-60 days), and the mean follow-up period was 35.4 ± 42.2 months (range, 10-108 months). Diagnoses were based on physical examination, laboratory tests, and radiologic studies including magnetic resonance imaging. Each patient had concomitant osteomyelitis of the clavicle. In addition, 4 patients had mediastinitis and 1 had osteomyelitis of the adjacent ribs. All patients underwent SC joint resection and intramedullary ligament reconstruction, followed by intravenous antibiotics for 4 to 8 weeks. Intraoperative cultures were positive in 6 patients. RESULTS: All infections resolved, with only 1 patient having complications-systemic sepsis and pneumonia. The mean ranges of motion were 146° of forward flexion (range, 135°-155°) and 48° of external rotation (range, 40°-55°), with the internal rotation level ranging from T5 to L3. The mean superior migration of the clavicle was 1.5 mm (range, 0-4 mm), and the mean visual analog pain score was 1.4 ± 0.7 (range, 0-2). CONCLUSION: Resection arthroplasty in patients with septic SC joints results in relatively good shoulder function.
Jae Myeung Chun; Jin Sam Kim; Hong Jun Jung; Jae Bum Park; Jung Suk Song; Soo-Sung Park; Ho Seong Lee; Tae Soo Ahn
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.]     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-6500     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206499     Medline TA:  J Shoulder Elbow Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.
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