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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 100-B, Issue 8 | Pages 1066 - 1073
1 Aug 2018
Nishida K Hashizume K Nasu Y Ozawa M Fujiwara K Inoue H Ozaki T


The aim of this study was to report the mid-term clinical outcome of cemented unlinked J-alumina ceramic elbow (JACE) arthroplasties when used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Patients and Methods

We retrospectively reviewed 87 elbows, in 75 patients with RA, which was replaced using a cemented JACE total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) between August 2003 and December 2012, with a follow-up of 96%. There were 72 women and three men, with a mean age of 62 years (35 to 79). The mean follow-up was nine years (2 to 14). The clinical condition of each elbow before and after surgery was assessed using the Mayo Elbow Performance Index (MEPI, 0 to 100 points). Radiographic loosening was defined as a progressive radiolucent line of >1 mm that was completely circumferential around the prosthesis.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 93-B, Issue 5 | Pages 705 - 707
1 May 2011
Shibayama M Ito F Miura Y Nakamura S Ikeda S Fujiwara K

Patients with Bertolotti’s syndrome have characteristic lumbosacral anomalies and often have severe sciatica. We describe a patient with this syndrome in whom standard decompression of the affected nerve root failed, but endoscopic lumbosacral extraforaminal decompression relieved the symptoms.

We suggest that the intractable sciatica in this syndrome could arise from impingement of the nerve root extraforaminally by compression caused by the enlarged transverse process.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 71-B, Issue 4 | Pages 705 - 705
1 Aug 1989
Masada K Fujiwara K Yoshikawa H Iwaki K

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 71-B, Issue 3 | Pages 393 - 398
1 May 1989
Fujiwara K Yonenobu K Ebara S Yamashita K Ono K

We have studied the morphometry of the spinal cord in 50 patients with cervical compression myelopathy. Computed tomographic myelography (CTM) showed that the transverse area of the cord at the site of maximum compression correlated significantly with the results of surgery. In most patients with less than 30 mm2 of spinal cord area, the results were poor; the cord was unable to survive. Several factors, such as chronicity of disease, age at surgery and multiplicity of involvement are said to influence the results of surgery, but the transverse area of the cord at the level of maximum compression provides the most reliable and comprehensive parameter for their prediction.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 69-B, Issue 2 | Pages 215 - 219
1 Mar 1987
Ono K Ebara S Fuji T Yonenobu K Fujiwara K Yamashita K

A characteristic dysfunction of the hand has been observed in various cervical spinal disorders when there is involvement of the spinal cord. There is loss of power of adduction and extension of the ulnar two or three fingers and an inability to grip and release rapidly with these fingers. These changes have been termed "myelopathy hand" and appear to be due to pyramidal tract involvement. The characteristic nature of the signs permit the distinction between myelopathy and changes due to nerve root or peripheral nerve disorder. The clinical significance of these signs has been assessed against other tests and their value in management is discussed.