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Ann Chir Main. 1983;2(1):5-17.

Radiolunate arthrodesis. Factor of stability for the rheumatoid wrist.

[Article in English, French]

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Division de Chirurgie réparatrice, Hôpital Cantonal Universitaire, Genève, Suisse.


Spontaneous radiolunate arthrodesis found in nearly 13% of rheumatoid wrists confer on this joint a durable physiologic orientation with reduced but sufficient mobility. Twelve cases of this type of fusion were studied radiologically and clinically with an average follow-up of 5 years. The authors advise surgical arthrodesis as a supplementary procedure with synovectomy every time there is instability of the carpal articulation with ulnar disalignment. Seven cases are reported, 4 of which are presented in detail. The operative technic and indications are discussed briefly.

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