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Intraarticular Botulinum Toxin A for Refractory Painful Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Abstract

Objective

To assess short-term efficacy of single intraarticular botulinum toxin (IA-BoNT/A) injection in patients with chronically painful total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in a randomized, placebo-controlled, triple-blind study.

Methods

Patients with chronic TKA pain (pain > 6 on 0–10 scale and > 6 months post-TKA) evaluated in and referred from orthopedic surgery clinics were recruited. The primary outcome, proportion of patients with clinically meaningful decrease of at least 2 points on 0–10 visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, was compared between treatment groups at 2 months using comparison of proportions test and for all efficacy timepoints (2, 3, and 4 months) using generalized estimating equations (GEE). Secondary outcomes of global assessment, function, and quality of life were compared using GEE, duration of pain relief by t-test, and adverse events by chi-square test.

Results

In total, 54 patients with 60 painful TKA were randomized, with main analyses restricted to one TKA per patient (49 TKA in 49 patients). Mean age was 67 years, 84% were men, and mean duration of TKA pain was 4.5 years. A significantly greater proportion of patients (71%) in the IA-BoNT/Agroup compared to IA-placebo (35%) achieved clinically meaningful reduction in VAS pain at 2 months (p = 0.028) and at all efficacy timepoints (p = 0.019). Duration of meaningful pain relief was significantly greater after IA-BoNT/A, 39.6 days (SD 50.4) compared to IA-placebo, 15.7 days (SD 22.6; p = 0.045). Statistically significantly better scores were seen in IA-BoNT/A vs IA-place-bo for all efficacy timepoints for the following outcomes: “very much improved” on physician global assessment of change (p = 0.003); Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index physical function (p = 0.026), stiffness (p = 0.004), and total scores (p = 0.024); and Short-Form 36 pain subscale score (p = 0.049). Number of total and serious adverse events was similar between groups, with no patients in either group with new objective motor or sensory deficits during followup.

Conclusion

In this single-center randomized trial, single IA-BoNT/A injection provided clinically meaningful short-term improvements in pain, global assessment, and function in patients with chronic painful TKA. A multicenter trial is needed to confirm these findings.

Key Indexing Terms: TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY, INTRAARTICULAR, BOTULINUM TOXIN A, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL, PAIN, FUNCTION

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) improves pain, function, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with end-stage knee arthritis1. TKA has an annual volume of 500,000/year in the United States, with a 6-fold projected increase to 3.48 million/year by 20302. However, 8%–13% of patients (40,000–65,000 patients/yr) report persistent moderate to severe pain in the prosthetic knee after TKA3,4, which may be due to infection, loosening or instability, or an unknown cause5. Revision surgery may relieve pain secondary to infection, loosening, or instability. Limited medical or surgical treatment options are currently available to patients with painful TKA from an unknown cause.

Substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related protein (CGRP) are neuropeptides that may play a role in post-TKA knee pain. Nerve fibers with positive immunostaining to SP, CGRP, and Neurokinin A were found in bone prosthesis interface membranes obtained during revision surgery for painful primary hip arthroplasty6. Joint fluid SP levels were elevated in painful knee joints with osteoarthritis (OA) that underwent TKA, but not in normal/asymptomatic contralateral knees7. Significantly greater pain relief after knee arthroplasty was seen in patients with an elevated preoperative joint fluid SP level compared to patients with normal levels7.

Botulinum toxin A (BoNT/A) injections have anticholinergic effect (responsible for muscle-paralyzing action) and an independent antinociceptive effect8. This dual action was noted in patients with cervical dystonia9 and headaches10.An antinociceptive effect of local or intramuscular injections of BoNT/A has been reported in randomized controlled trials (RCT) of patients with chronic tennis elbow11, myofascial pain12,13, post-stroke shoulder pain14, postherpetic neuropathic pain15, diabetic neuropathic pain16, painful bladder syndrome17, and painful external hemorrhoids18. Additionally, intraarticular (IA) injections of BoNT/A (IA-BoNT/A) were shown to have an antinociceptive effect in uncontrolled studies for patients with chronic refractory knee, shoulder, and ankle joint pain19,20,21, and in RCT in patients with refractory pain due to shoulder arthritis22 or knee arthritis23. In a systematic review of RCT of shoulder pain, we found that botulinum toxin injection was superior to placebo for short-term pain relief at 3–6 months24.

Laboratory studies demonstrate that BoNT/A can modulate neurotransmitter release and neurogenic inflammation. This may explain its independent antinociceptive effect. Neurogenic inflammation is a phenomenon of antidromic stimulation of primary afferent fiber that induces neuropeptide release in the periphery associated with vasodilation, protein extravasation, and stimulation of inflammatory cells. SP and CGRP are the main mediators of neurogenic inflammation25. In vitro studies showed that BoNT/A inhibited stimulated CGRP release from rat trigeminal ganglia26 and capsaicin-stimulated SP release from embryonic rat dorsal root ganglia neurons27. BoNT/A inhibited stimulated SP release28 and CGRP release28,29 in models of acute and chronic inflammation of isolated rat urinary bladders, BoNT/A injections into the rat paw reduced formalin-induced paw edema, tissue glutamate release, and spinal cord electrical excitations30.

In this randomized, placebo-controlled study, we investigated the short-term efficacy of a single IA-BoNT/A injection for reduction in pain severity in patients with chronically painful TKA with no evidence of prosthesis infection or fracture.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Study design and schedule

This study’s primary purpose was to determine the short-term antinociceptive efficacy of IA-BoNT/A at 2 months, as measured by a visual analog scale (VAS). The selection of 2 months as the primary endpoint was based on our observation of significant pain relief at 2 months postinjection in our open-label study of IA-BoNT/A for painful TKA31. Other efficacy endpoints included 2-week and 1-month telephone interviews (especially to assess the onset of pain relief) and 2-, 3-, and 4-month in-clinic assessments. The 6-month evaluation was primarily to calculate the duration of pain relief and for safety monitoring. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are listed in Table 1. All patients underwent complete examination to rule out infection and other surgical correctable causes of pain in painful TKA (fracture, malalignment, loosening, etc.) by the referring orthopedic surgeon.

Table 1
Study inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Randomization, blinding, and injection procedure

The research pharmacist prepared computerized randomization with permuted blocks of 4 patients each. Joints were randomized in 1:1 ratio to experimental treatment with IA injection of 100 units BoNT/A diluted in 5 ml sterile normal saline (BoNT/A group) or placebo treatment with IA injection of 5 ml sterile normal saline and IA injection.

The research pharmacist prepared the treatment and placebo syringes using a strict standardized protocol. Freeze-dried botulinum toxin A (Botox, Allergan Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) was reconstituted immediately prior to injection, in 5 ml preservative-free sterile 0.9% normal saline (100 units/5 ml) without agitation. Placebo and botulinum toxin injections were transparent and could not be differentiated. Patients, investigators (PI, blinded investigators performing assessments, research associates), and the statistician were blinded in this triple-blind study.

The PI injected the affected TKA joint using the standardized medial or lateral approach32, demonstrated as highly accurate33. IA medication delivery was verified by joint fluid aspiration in all patients, which was sent for gram stain and culture in all cases, when enough specimen was obtained (> 90% of aspirates, which were all negative for both tests).

Outcomes

All outcomes were chosen a priori and were listed in the protocol on clinicaltrials.gov (NCT00403273). The primary efficacy outcome was the proportion of responders at 2 months. Responder status was defined as clinically meaningful pain relief of 2-point reduction in 0–10 VAS pain score34. Pain severity was assessed on a 0–10 cm VAS (0 = no pain, 10 = worst possible pain), a valid, reliable measure of pain that is sensitive to change35,36,37.

The secondary outcome measures included physicians’ global assessment of change, rated on a validated 7-point verbal descriptor nominal scale (1 = very much improved, 2 = much improved, 3 = minimally improved, 4 = no change, 5 = minimally worse, 6 = much worse, 7 = very much worse)38.

Onset and duration of pain relief were defined as time from the injection to onset and duration of patient-reported clinically meaningful pain relief, defined as a 20-point decrease on Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain scale39. WOMAC pain scale has been validated for telephone administration40; it was administered at all time-points, including 2-week and 4-week telephone interviews (when VAS pain could not be determined).

Function was measured by the physical function subscale of a patient-reported, lower extremity-specific validated measure, the WOMAC41. WOMAC consists of 5 pain items, 2 stiffness items, and 17 physical function items, each graded on a Likert scale (none, mild, moderate, severe, extreme). Raw scores from the pain, stiffness, and physical function subscales are added to obtain a total WOMAC score. Each subscale and total WOMAC score is transformed on 0–100 scale, higher score being worse.

Objective function assessment was done using 2 validated objective tests and by measuring active knee flexion and extension. Timed-stands test (TST) was the time to perform sit to stand 10 times without using arms to push up. Mean value ranged from 17 to 21 seconds in 60- to 80-year-old subjects42. Timed-up-and-go (TUG) test was the time for a patient to get up from an armchair, walk a distance of 3 meters, turn, walk to the chair, and sit. Independently mobile patients perform the test in < 20 seconds43. Active knee flexion (lower = better) and extension (neutral, 180 degrees; higher = better) were measured using the universal goniometer (Conzett model; PhysioERP, Laval, Quebec, Canada) with the patient in the supine position44.

The Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36 (SF-36; range 0–100, higher score = better HRQOL), a valid and reliable generic HRQOL measure, has been validated in musculoskeletal conditions45. It has 8 subscale scores for physical HRQOL, including bodily pain and emotional/mental health HRQOL46.

We used the Short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ), a validated qualitative multidimensional measure of pain47. It measures sensory pain (11 items, score 0–33) and affective dimension of pain (4 items, score 0–12), summed to obtain a total pain score (score range 0–45; higher score = worse pain).

Changes in analgesic medications from baseline to 2 months were calculated for 3 most common medications/groups including acetaminophen, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAID), and opioids. The WHO Defined Daily Dose (DDD) was used to convert doses of various NSAID to an equivalent analgesic DDD48. For example, 1.2 g ibuprofen = 0.1 g indomethacin = 0.5 g naproxen = 1 DDD. Opioid doses were converted to morphine equivalents using the standard conversion factors49.

Safety outcomes

We assessed safety during study followup visits by interviewing patients regarding occurrence of any adverse events, including a standardized checklist of common side effects of BoNT/A. Patients underwent a bilateral lower extremity neurosensory examination at each clinic visit by a blinded physician examiner. This included manual muscle strength testing, deep tendon reflexes (knee and ankle), and sensory neurological examination (light touch, pinprick, vibration, position sense, and hot and cold discrimination). Adverse events were rated for severity (mild/nonserious or serious). A serious adverse event was defined as fatal, life-threatening, permanently disabling, or requiring hospitalization.

Statistical analyses

Baseline characteristics were compared using t-tests and chi-square tests. For the analysis of primary outcome, VAS pain at 2 months, we compared the proportion of responders (those with 2-point reduction in VAS pain score) in the 2 groups using comparison of proportions. VAS pain was also analyzed at all efficacy timepoints using generalized estimating equation (GEE) modeling. We used GEE for between-group comparisons in continuous and categorical secondary outcomes at all efficacy endpoints, adjusted for baseline scores.

The main analyses were done for the 49 patients with 49 painful TKA, since this provided us with required sample size and did not violate the assumption of independence (which may be violated by including 2 joints in a patient). We performed sensitivity analyses by including patients with bilateral injections (included 5 patients with 10 simultaneous TKA and 1 with sequential second TKA injection; total 60 TKA) using GEE, adjusting for paired baseline measurements (right, left).

We used independent sample t-tests for between-group comparisons of changes in doses of acetaminophen, NSAID, and opioids at 2 months and of onset and duration of clinically meaningful pain relief. The chi-square tests compared the incidence of adverse events in the treatment and placebo groups. A p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Sample size

Nineteen patients per group were needed for 80% power and 24 patients per group for 90% power (assuming 25% loss to followup), to detect a difference of 43% in proportion of patients reporting a clinically meaningful improvement in pain. This was based on previously published data that 43% patients taking placebo reported significant improvement in pain on a 0–100 WOMAC pain scale50 vs 86% in IA-BoNT/A group in an open-label case series31.

The study was approved by the Minneapolis Medical Center Human Studies Committee. Both veterans and nonveterans were recruited from orthopedic clinics at Minneapolis Medical Center and community orthopedic clinics. The trial was listed on clinicaltrials.gov (NCT00403273).A US Food and Drug Administration Investigational New Drug (IND) mandate was obtained (BB-IND-11493) for IA injection as a new route of administration.

RESULTS

Demographic and clinical characteristics

Figure 1 shows the structure of the study, according to CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials). Of the 60 TKA randomized, 5 patients had simultaneous bilateral TKA and 1 patient had sequential bilateral TKA injected. Outcomes are subject to within-patient dependence for bilateral TKA. Therefore, the main analyses are based on the 49 patients with 49 TKA (including the first TKA of the only patient with sequential enrollment of bilateral painful TKA). Of these 49 patients, 23 were randomized to IA-BoNT/A and 26 to IA-placebo. Sensitivity analyses included all 60 TKA.

Figure 1
The structure of the study. Five patients had simultaneous bilateral TKA injected, 1 patient had sequential TKA injection (i.e., enrolled his left and right TKA in the study at 2 different times). Baseline, 2, 3, 4, and 6-month followup visits were in-clinic ...

The demographic and clinical characteristics are presented in Table 2. The mean duration of TKA pain was 4.5 years (SD 4.8, range 1 ± 20 yrs). The 2 study groups were similar at baseline (including all outcome measures except WOMAC pain; Table 2).

Table 2
Baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of study participants.

Primary outcome, responders: proportion with clinically meaningful reduction in VAS pain

At 2 months, 71% of patients (95% CI 49%, 92%) in the IA-BoNT/A group vs 35% (95% CI 15%, 54%) in the IA-placebo group were responders, a statistically significant difference of 36% between treatment groups (95% CI for difference, 7%, 65%; p = 0.025; Table 3). The proportion of responders at all efficacy timepoints up to 4 months was significantly greater in the IA-BoNT/A vs the IA-placebo group (using the GEE; p = 0.019; Table 3). These results did not change with the sensitivity analyses that included bilateral TKA for 2-month primary endpoint (with p = 0.027) and for all efficacy time-points (p = 0.037). Of the 12 responders in the botulinum toxin group with 2-point reduction in VAS pain at 2 months (17 patients had VAS assessments at both timepoints), 11 patients were still responders at 3 months and 8 patients at 4 months. In comparison, of the 8 placebo responders at 2 months (23 patients had VAS assements at both timepoints), 4 were still responders at 3 months and 5 at 4 months. The median (25th percentile, 75th percentile) VAS pain scores in the IA-BoNT/A vs the IA-placebo group were as follows: preinjection, 7.0 (6.3, 8.3) vs 7.5 (6.5, 8.0); at 2 months, 4.5 (3, 6.5) vs 6.5 (3.3, 7.5); at 3 months, 4.0 (2.5, 6.5) vs 5.5 (3.5, 8.0); and at 4 months, 5.3 (4, 6.5) vs 5.5 (3.3, 6.8).

Table 3
Percentage of responders, i.e., patients with 2-point decrease in visual analog scale pain severity at each efficacy timepoint.

Secondary outcomes

Physician global assessment of change showed significantly more improvement in the IA-BoNT/A compared to the IA-placebo group at 2 months: 30% (95% CI 10%, 50%) in the IA-BoNT/A group were “very much improved” vs 0% in the IA-placebo group (95% CI not assessed; p = 0.005). Sensitivity analyses did not change the interpretation (p = 0.002). Including all efficacy timepoints, physician global assessment of change was significantly better in the IA-BoNT/A than in the placebo group (p = 0.003).

The duration of meaningful pain relief was significantly greater in the IA-BoNT/A group at 39.6 (50.4) days vs 15.7 (22.6) days in IA-placebo (p = 0.045). The onset of meaningful pain relief in the IA-BoNT/A group was 66.5 days (SD 47, median 56 days).

WOMAC physical function (p = 0.026), stiffness (p = 0.004), and total scores (p = 0.024) were significantly better in the IA-BoNT/A group compared to IA-placebo at all efficacy timepoints (Table 4). Timed-up-and-go (TUG) test showed a trend toward better scores in the IA-BoNT/A group vs IA-placebo (p = 0.14). The timed-stands test (TST), active flexion, and extension were not significantly different between groups (Table 4).

Table 4
Additional outcomes comparing the IA-BoNT/A and IA-placebo groups using generalized estimating equations (GEE) analyses. Data are mean (SD).

The SF-36 pain subscale score was significantly better/higher in the IA-BoNT/A group compared to IA-placebo (p = 0.049; Table 4). No significant differences were noted in other SF-36 subscale scores. The McGill affective dimension score showed a marginal (nonsignificant) trend favoring IA-BoNT/A (p = 0.08; Table 4). McGill sensory and total scores showed no significant differences.

There were minimal changes in analgesic intake at the 2-month followup. NSAID dose at 2 months decreased by 0.1 DDD (SD 0.32) in IA-BoNT/A vs an increase by 0.02 DDD (SD 0.29) in IA-placebo, a trend toward significance (p = 0.21). Respective changes in acetaminophen dose [60 mg decrease (1308) vs 186 mg decrease (636), respectively; p = 0.71] and morphine equivalents [0.66 increase (15.4) vs 0.50 decrease (1.7); p = 0.67] showed no significance.

Safety outcomes

The frequency of all adverse events was similar in the BoNT/Agroup compared to the placebo group (p = 0.76; Table 5). Local adverse events, including increased pain in the study joint, occurred in 6 IA-BoNT/A patients and 2 IA-placebo patients. Transient muscle weakness around study joint or knee “giving out” was reported by 4 and 2 patients, respectively. Objective examination revealed no evidence of new lower extremity motor or sensory deficits or signs of joint inflammation in any patient during followup. The most common systemic adverse events (dry mouth, upper respiratory symptoms, accidental injury, headache, chest pain, and back pain) were similar in both groups (Table 5). Most adverse effects were attributed to preexisting comorbid conditions and/or treatments and were unrelated to the joint injection. More patients in the IA-placebo than the IA-BoNT/A group had serious adverse events, although the difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.16). There was 1 death in the IA-BoNT/A group, a 64-year-old woman with history of obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, depression, deep vein thrombosis, multiple pulmonary emboli, status-post right above-knee amputation for an infected arthroplasty after failed arthrodesis, on life-long anticoagulation. She was unable to ambulate and undergo rehabilitation for right knee prosthesis because of a painful left TKA. She was hospitalized with altered sensorium 1.5 months after the injection. She had an intracerebral bleed secondary to a fusiform vertebral artery aneurysm with dissection and a high prothrombin time. She died 1 day after admission. This was judged to be related to the cerebral aneurysm and anticoagulation and not related to the intraarticular injection.

Table 5
Adverse events and serious adverse events.

DISCUSSION

This is the first study to demonstrate the short-term efficacy of a single intraarticular injection of botulinum toxin in patients with chronic painful TKA, when infection, loosening, wear, and other established causes of painful knee replacement have been definitively ruled out. We found that IA botulinum toxin injection led to a greater proportion of patients (71%) with clinically meaningful reduction in pain severity 2 months after injection compared to IA placebo (35%). Clinically meaningful reduction in pain severity lasted significantly longer in the IA-BoNT/A compared to the placebo group. However, this clinically meaningful pain relief lasted a mean of 39 days in the botulinum toxin group, implying that we may need a dose higher than 100 units and/or repeat injections to sustain meaningful pain relief for long enough duration. Mean VAS pain scores trended to, but did not achieve statistical significance between the groups, likely due to heterogeneity of pain relief and the small sample size. Longer duration of pain relief is very desirable for patients with chronic painful TKA. In addition, risk of introducing infection in TKA must be weighed against the benefits of pain relief. IA botulinum toxin injection led to significantly more improvements in physician global assessment and WOMAC physical function, stiffness, and total scores, compared to the placebo injection. Use of IA BoNT/A is not yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. We do not recommend clinical use of IA BoNT/A for painful TKA until more studies have been performed.

Our study provides a novel approach to short-term treatment of pain in patients with painful TKA, where infection and mechanical causes of pain have been ruled out. The presence of SP and CGRP nerve fibers in bone-prosthesis interface membrane in patients with painful arthroplasty6 and inhibition of SP and CGRP peripherally and centrally by BoNT/A in animal models of acute and chronic inflammation26,27,28,29,30 provides 1 potential explanation of antinociceptive action of BoNT/A injections in patients with painful TKA. Our study suggests that neuropeptides may be important mediators of pain in patients with painful TKA without documented infection, loosening, or other mechanical reasons. Studies to investigate the mechanism of action of IA-BoNT/A in painful TKA and the role of SP and other neuropeptides in painful TKA are under way.

Patient-reported function and stiffness were significantly better after IA-BoNT/A compared to IA-placebo. The finding that WOMAC subscales were sensitive to change after IA injection of a painful TKA adds to the literature of its sensitivity to change in patients with OA and knee arthroplasty52,53. The TUG test showed a trend toward significance favoring IA-BoNT/A, and the TST showed no difference between groups. The lack of significance in objective tests of function (TUG, TST) may be due to a small sample size, to almost normal baseline values leading to a floor effect (for TUG), or to lack of sensitivity to change with this therapy. Similarly, knee flexion and extension measures did not change much in either group, which indicates either lack of effect of treatment or lack of sensitivity to change. A longer followup may be required to identify significant objective functional improvement, as noted for other joints54,55. Similarly, the lack of differences in SF-36 subscale scores, except for the SF-36 pain score, may be due to several reasons, including the lack of the sensitivity of this QOL measure to change with an intraarticular therapy, the well reported fact that it is influenced by comorbidities other than TKA, and/or the need for longer followup. Lack of significant difference in WOMAC pain scores between treatment groups may be at least partially due to higher WOMAC pain scores in the placebo group at the baseline than in the botulinum group.

Our study provides short-term safety data for IA botulinum toxin injection. The frequency of all adverse effects and of serious adverse events was similar in the 2 treatment groups. Local side effects of transient increase in knee pain and knee weakness/giving out were slightly more frequent in the IA-BoNT/A group, but the difference did not reach statistical significance. One patient died secondary to dissection of vertebral artery aneurysm while receiving chronic anticoagulation therapy 1.5 months after IA-BoNT/A injection. The death was determined to be related to the underlying vascular disease and not the IA injection.

Our study has several strengths and limitations. The study was randomized and had robust estimates that did not change with sensitivity analyses. Multiple comparisons were avoided by performing only repeated measures analyses of a priori chosen outcomes and not performing any subgroup analyses (only 20 comparisons). The main study limitations are small sample size and short to intermediate followup. Results may not be generalizable to women, since most patients (80%) were men. This is partly because more veterans than nonveterans were enrolled in our study; however, we recruited several nonveterans and a greater proportion of women than a typical Veterans Affairs study to increase the generalizability of these findings. The lack of significant difference in some secondary outcomes between treatment groups may be due to small sample size and/or to improvements noted in the placebo group. The placebo response may possibly be due to “Hawthorne effect” (observation of improvement in patients when under observation as part of clinical studies) or regression to the mean in this population with moderately severe pain at baseline. However, we are unsure of the exact reason for the continued improvement in pain in the placebo group up to 4 months. This is similar to previously reported placebo responses with IA injections for knee OA56,57.

Our randomized controlled trial showed that a single injection of IA-BoNT/A was associated with a significant reduction in pain and improvement in patient-reported physical function and stiffness in patients with chronically painful TKA, where infection and mechanical causes of pain have been ruled out. No significant improvement in objective measures of knee function was noted. Treatment of painful TKA with no clear etiology is an important clinical problem with limited treatment options. During the short 6-month followup, the adverse effects were similar to placebo and were mostly mild. Our study results suggest that a larger multicenter study of IA-BoNT/A is needed to confirm these findings, to better understand its mechanism of action, and to examine whether repeated injections provide persistent pain relief in patients with painful TKA.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

We thank Dr. Terence Gioe and Dr. Richard Schmidt from Orthopedic Surgery for evaluating and referring patients; Anita Ngo, Ruth Brady, Peter Majeski, and Patrick Fitzgerald for help in collecting data; Amy Anderson for proofreading the manuscript; Beverly Manderfield for designing the Access database; Dr. Sherine Gabriel and Dr. Patrick Mantyh for helpful comments; and the patients for their participation.

Supported by the NIH CTSA Award 1 KL2 RR024151-01 (Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Research), Arthritis Foundation North Central Chapter Grant, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Seed Grant, and Minnesota Medical Foundation Grant. Dr. Singh and Dr. Mahowald have received research and travel grants from Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, CA, for other research projects. Dr. Mahowald served as a consultant to Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

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