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Mod Rheumatol. 2010 Oct;20(5):511-3. doi: 10.1007/s10165-010-0303-9. Epub 2010 May 12.

Insufficiency fracture at the distal diaphysis of the radius after synovectomy combined with the Sauvé-Kapandji procedure in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan.

Abstract

We report here a rare case of insufficiency fracture at the distal diaphysis of the radius in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after synovectomy combined with the Sauvé-Kapandji procedure. A 71-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with RA had been consecutively treated with several disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. She had undergone synovectomy of the right wrist combined with the Sauvé-Kapandji procedure, due to a tendon rupture, 2 years before the current presentation (first visit). Although she had not experienced any recent trauma, the wrist pain had increased after she had lifted up the bedding at the funeral of her friend about 1 month prior to her first visit. Radiographs of her right wrist taken at the second visit showed a fracture at the distal diaphysis of the radius at the level of the excision osteotomy of the distal ulna; however, no displacement of the distal fragment was observed. We immobilized her forearm in a long-arm cast. However, after 3 weeks of cast immobilization, a displacement of the distal fragment was observed. A manual reduction of the displacement was performed and the arm was again immobilized in a long-arm cast. However, 1 week later, a displaced distal fragment was again observed. Subsequently, she received an open reduction and internal fixation using a volar locking plate and screws with an autologous iliac crest bone graft. Bone union was completed by 8 months following the operation.

PMID:
20461434
DOI:
10.1007/s10165-010-0303-9
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