Nicolaas G J Maritz

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BACKGROUND Heterotopic ossification about the elbow joint can lead to considerable functional disability, including the loss of forearm rotation. Many procedures have been described for the treatment of proximal radioulnar synostosis. Varying degrees of success have been achieved with regard to the improvement of the flexion arc, but less success has been(More)
BACKGROUND Elbow contracture is a recognized sequela of traumatic and developmental elbow disorders, but little information is available regarding the surgical treatment of elbow stiffness in the pediatric population. METHODS Thirty-seven patients who had had open surgical release of an elbow contracture at a mean age of sixteen years (range, ten to(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine wrist and hand involvement in black South African patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS Larsen scoring of the wrist and hand was done in 75 patients. The mean finger score was 9.67 (range 0 - 100) on the left hand and 10.3 (range 0 - 100) on the right. Scores for the wrists were 2.5 (range 0 - 5) for the left and 2.7 (range 0(More)
The wrist and hand X-rays of 75 black patients with rheumatoid arthritis were scored according to the Larsen criteria. The mean Larsen score for left hands was 9.6 (range 0-100) and for the right hands was 10:3 (range 0-100), whereas the score for the wrists were 2.5 (range 0-5) for the left and 2.7 (range 0-5) for the right. Our conclusion is that(More)
The tendons constituting the rotator cuff (RC) are often torn, and several techniques for their repair have been established. The existence of an extension of the supraspinatus tendon into that of the subscapularis has often been overlooked. The purpose of this study was to study this extension in human dissections. The possible posterolateral extension of(More)
In a study of the CT appearance of 30 patients with confirmed tuberculosis of the spine, criteria for the diagnosis of tuberculosis of the spine are suggested. From a comparison with plain radiographs it is concluded that bony lesions are more apparent on radiographs than on CT while soft tissue lesions and calcifications are more readily detected on CT.(More)