Elizabeth C. Gardner

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BACKGROUND CONTEXT The use of national inpatient databases for spine surgery research has been increasing. Unfortunately, without firsthand knowledge of each specific database, it can be difficult to judge the validity of such studies. Large databases that rely on administrative data, such as International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9)(More)
To determine the frequency of gastrointestinal symptoms in primary hyperparathyroidism, we retrospectively analyzed 100 consecutive patients seen at Emory University Hospital from Jan 1, 1977 through March 1, 1979. At the time of diagnosis, 28 patients complained of nausea, 19 of vomiting, 29 of abdominal pain, and 33 of constipation. One patient presented(More)
Esophageal varices were injected with 5% sodium morrhuate and a solution containing thrombin, concentrated dextrose, and cephalothin sodium using the flexible gastroscope with balloon cuff modification. Hematologic and coagulating parameters were checked before and after the procedure to look for evidence of disseminated intravascular coagulation. No effect(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have questioned the efficacy of meniscectomy in older patients with and without evidence of osteoarthritis; however, it continues to be frequently performed. There is limited information about age and other risk factors for adverse events and readmission after the procedure. This knowledge is vital to understand the true risk(More)
We present a novel method for quantifying femoral orientation angles using a thigh-mounted inertial measurement unit (IMU). The IMU-derived femoral orientation angles reproduce gold-standard motion capture angles to within mean (standard deviation) differences of 0.1 (1.1) degrees on cadaveric specimens during clinical procedures used for the diagnosis of(More)
We conducted a study to characterize the risk factors for extended length of stay (LOS) and readmission after primary total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA). Patients who were 60 years or older and underwent TSA between 2011 and 2012 were identified from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Bivariate and(More)
BACKGROUND While there is concern regarding head, face, and eye injuries in field hockey, prompting some to recommend the use of protective equipment such as goggles and helmets, little has been written about their incidence and mechanism of injury in the modern game of field hockey. The elucidation of this information will better inform the development of(More)
BACKGROUND Men's lacrosse has been one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, at both the collegiate and high school levels. Uniquely, it combines both continuous overhead and contact activity. Thus, an understanding of its injury epidemiology and mechanisms is vital. Shoulder injuries have been shown to be common in the sport, but thus(More)
Alpine skiing and snowboarding are both popular winter sports that can be associated with significant orthopaedic injuries. However, there is a lack of nationally representative injury data for the two sports. The National Trauma Data Bank was queried for patients presenting to emergency departments due to injuries sustained from skiing and snowboarding(More)