Shoulder arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Shoulder arthroplasty for rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Bert J. Thomas and Harlan Cabot Amstutz and Andrea Cracchiolo},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
Forty-two Designed After Natural Anatomy (DANA) total shoulder arthroplasties (Howmedica, Rutherford, New Jersey) were performed in 34 rheumatoid patients. Thirty shoulders in 23 patients were followed for a minimum of two years. Twelve of the 30 shoulders (40%) had significant rotator cuff tears. The average rating for pain improved from 3 points preoperatively to 8 points postoperatively for the overall group, and the average rating for function improved from 3 points preoperatively to 6… CONTINUE READING

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