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Limited wrist fusions: comparison of results 22 and 89 months after surgery


, : Limited wrist fusions: comparison of results 22 and 89 months after surgery. Journal of Hand Surgery 24(1): 133-137

Limited wrist arthrodeses were performed to treat wrist diseases other than rheumatoid arthritis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether clinical and radiographic results noted 22 months after the procedure were maintained on re-examination an average of 89 months (range, 66-148 months) after the procedure. The study comprised 17 wrists. The average patient age was 42 years (range, 11-65 years). Two patients, both with Kienböck's disease, were lost to follow-up. Four radiocarpal and 11 intercarpal arthrodeses were performed. The range of motion between the first and second follow-up examination showed no significant difference. Grip strength likewise was nearly identical at both visits. At the last follow-up visit, progression of osteoarthrosis about the fusion area was noted in only 1 patient. These results suggest that the clinical and radiographic results at 22 months were maintained at the final follow-up visit and that the effect of limited wrist fusion does not deteriorate.

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PMID: 10048527

DOI: 10.1053/jhsu.1999.jhsu24a0133


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