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Radiologe. 2006 Sep;46(9):753-6, 758-9.

[Implants in the hand].

[Article in German]

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Universitätsklinik für Orthopädie, Medizinische Universität, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, A-1090, Wien. hugo.wanivenhaus@meduniwien.ac.at

Abstract

Increasingly, implants in the region of hand joints and the wrist represent an alternative for the treatment of post-traumatic, inflamed, or degenerative joint damage. The diversity of hand functions also results in varied solutions, which are effective in their stability, mobility, and distraction. Different materials are necessary for this, and they require subtile radiological control. The native X-ray represents the substantial method to observe migration of the implants. Each interface between titanium, ceramic, zirconium, pyrocarbon, and silicon to the bone has to be assessed differently in order to obtain a relevant statement. The finger joints and to a limited extent the wrist represent the artificial joints with limited alternative therapy. Other implants in the hand should only be applied after strict indication and patient compliance, as arthrodesis and resection arthroplasty have shown very good long-term results.

PMID:
16565823
DOI:
10.1007/s00117-006-1353-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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