Brandon E. Earp

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BACKGROUND Flexor tendon injury is a recognized complication of volar plate fixation of distal radial fractures. A suspected contributing factor is implant prominence at the watershed line, where the flexor tendons lie closest to the plate. METHODS Two parallel series of patients who underwent volar locked plating of distal radial fractures from 2005 to(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the recent trend toward internal fixation of distal radial fractures, few randomized trials have examined whether volar plate fixation is superior to other stabilization techniques. The purpose of the present study was to compare (1) open reduction and internal fixation with use of a volar plate and early mobilization with (2)(More)
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors are potent anti-rheumatic drugs, but there is evidence that the high level of immunosuppression they provide may also lead to a higher risk of infections. At our institution, 3 patients with inflammatory arthritis treated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors developed mycobacterial soft tissue infections after(More)
BACKGROUND Carpal tunnel release (CTR) is widely accepted as an effective surgical treatment method for idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome. While the short-term literature is well substantiated, the "long-term" literature has rarely exceeded 2 years of follow-up, which may be inadequate for a chronic and potentially recurring disease such as carpal tunnel(More)
Homogeneous preparations of milligram quantities of RNA are a prerequisite for their characterization by biophysical methods such as crystallography or NMR spectroscopy. Methods for obtaining milligram quantities of pure synthetic RNA are described in this paper. These methods employ anion exchange HPLC for purifying full-length sequence from failure(More)
The first carpometacarpal (CMC) joint, also referred to as trapeziometacarpal joint, is the area of the hand most commonly symptomatic of osteoarthritis. Although there are a variety of surgical techniques that treat this condition, this article focuses on the technical aspects of arthroscopic hemitrapeziectomy with tendon interposition. Furthermore, this(More)
BACKGROUND Scapholunate ligament injury is rare in the adolescent and pediatric population, and the results of treatment have not been well described. The purpose of the present study was to review the outcomes of arthroscopic management of patients with persistent wrist pain and scapholunate ligament injury as documented on arthroscopic examination who had(More)
BACKGROUND A single volar locking plate (VLP) is now frequently used for open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of many types of distal radius fractures. Comminuted intra-articular distal radius fractures (AO C3-type) are typically the most challenging to surgically treat. No studies directly address the adequacy of a VLP alone for maintaining(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of bone mineral density by dual x-ray absorptiometry combined with clinical risk factors is currently the gold standard in diagnosing osteoporosis. Advanced imaging has shown that older patients with fragility fractures have poor bone microarchitecture, often independent of low bone mineral density. We hypothesized that premenopausal(More)
BACKGROUND Muscle imbalance about the shoulder in children with persistent brachial plexus birth palsy is thought to contribute to glenohumeral joint deformity. We quantified cross-sectional areas of the internal and external rotator muscles in the shoulder by magnetic resonance imaging in patients with chronic brachial plexopathy and the correlation(More)