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OBJECTIVE TNF-alpha blockers reportedly increase the risk of complications in rheumatic patients following surgery. Whereas deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a significant complication after orthopaedic surgery of the lower limbs, the risk for DVT in RA patients receiving TNF blockers remains unclear. The aim of this study was to identify complications that(More)
The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for acute surgical-site infection (SSI) after total joint arthroplasty in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with nonbiologic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). We performed a retrospective study of all consecutive total hip (THA) and total knee (TKA) arthroplasties(More)
The Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP accident contaminated the soil of densely-populated regions in Fukushima Prefecture with radioactive cesium, which poses significant risks of internal and external exposure to the residents. If we apply the knowledge of post-Chernobyl accident studies, internal exposures in excess of a few mSv/y would be expected to be frequent in(More)
OBJECTIVES The introduction of powerful antirheumatic drugs has dramatically improved the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), leading clinicians to reconsider the benefits of joint preservation for rheumatoid forefoot deformities. We have employed joint-preserving forefoot surgeries, including rotational closing-wedge osteotomy of the first metatarsal.(More)
A 63-year-old man presented with a complaint of left ulnar wrist pain after playing golf. Computed tomography was used to detect a fracture at the base of the hook of hamate. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound without a splint for immobilization was started, and bone union was confirmed 12 months after the ultrasound treatment started. The patient returned to(More)
Though excellent clinical results have been reported for total joint arthroplasty (TJA) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, the longitudinal effects of TJA on pain, physical function, and health-related quality of life in RA patients remain unknown. This study aimed to assess changes in disease activity and health-related quality of life after TJA in(More)
Though excellent clinical results have been reported for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, the medium-term effect of TKA on RA disease activity remains unknown. This analysis aimed to assess changes in disease activity after TKA in patients with established RA. We analyzed the systemic effects of TKA on RA disease activity(More)
Resettlement to their radiation-contaminated hometown could be an option for people displaced at the time of a nuclear disaster; however, little information is available on the safety implications of these resettlement programs. Kawauchi village, located 12-30 km southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, was one of the 11 municipalities where(More)
Maintaining low levels of chronic internal contamination among residents in radiation-contaminated areas after a nuclear disaster is a great public health concern. However, the efficacy of reduction measures for individual internal contamination remains unknown. To reduce high levels of internal radiation exposure in a group of individuals exposed through(More)