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Upper Limb

The outcome of peri-operative humeral condylar fractures after total elbow replacement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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We compared the outcome of peri-operative humeral condylar fractures in patients undergoing a Coonrad-Morrey semiconstrained total elbow replacement with that of patients with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing the same procedure without fractures. In a consecutive series of 40 elbows in 33 patients, 13 elbows had a fracture in either condyle peri-operatively, and 27 elbows were intact. The fractured condyle was either fixed internally or excised. We found no statistical difference in the patients’ background, such as age, length of follow-up, immobilisation period, Larsen’s radiological grade, or Steinbrocker’s stage and functional class. There was also no statistical difference between the groups in relation to the Mayo Elbow Performance Score, muscle strength, range of movement, or radiolucency around the implants at a mean of 4.8 years (1.1 to 8.0) follow-up.

We conclude that fractured condyles can be successfully treated with either internal fixation or excision, and cause no harmful effect.

Correspondence should be sent to Dr H. Ito; e-mail: hiromu@kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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