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7th Congress of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Lisbon - 4-7 June, 2005


The purpose of the study was to evaluate the outcome of de la Caffinière prosthesis in the management of rheumatic destruction of the first carpometacarpal joint. By the end of 1998 the procedure was performed on 49 patients, 20 on the right hand and 29 on the left. All patients were addressed with a letter query and patient records and radiographs were assessed. Subjective contentment was measured with visual analog scale (VAS) and a questionnaire.

Thirty six of the patients had seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, 8 juvenile chronic arthritis and 5 other rheumatic variants. The mean follow-up was 8.6 (0.5–17) years. Subjective contentment was either excellent of good in 88% of the patients, and 75% were painfree.

Survival analysis with reoperation or significant loosening as end point was performed. Two cups loosened and one prosthesis was constantly dislocated, and these three were revised with tendon interposition technique. The survival rate was 96% (95% CI 84 to 99) at 5 years, and 92% (95% CI 77 to 97) at ten years.

Fairly good 10-year survival and encouraging subjective results have lead us to plan and start a clinical out-patient follow-up study to collect additional objective data on implant survival and function. Preliminary results of the new study yield superior range of motion compared to tendon interposition arthroplasty, which is the golden standard in our institute at the moment. However, we promote caution and emphasize the importance of patient selection since two additional revisions in our latter study may reveal a subgroup which is more prone to implant failure.

Theses abstracts were prepared by Professor Roger Lemaire. Correspondence should be addressed to EFORT Central Office, Freihofstrasse 22, CH-8700 Küsnacht, Switzerland.