Vol 8, No 3 (2022)
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Wrist arthroplasty, good alternative for rheumatoid wrist: Case report with literature review

Maciej Grzegorz Bręborowicz1, Leszek Kaczmarek1, Ewa Bręborowicz1, Leszek Romanowski1
Rheumatology Forum 2022;8(3):129-134.

Abstract

Within the hand, the wrist is the most affected joint by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Wrist fusion (WF) and wrist arthroplasty (WA) are solutions for severe arthritis of the wrist. WA decreases pain, and, contrary to WF, preserves motion. Reported clinical results of modern prosthesis constructs are good and the patients are satisfied. This research presents a patient with RA treated with WA. The follow-up is 13 years. There were 2 further synovectomies. Some bone erosion was observed. Apart from that, the patient is satisfied with WA. It seems that WA should be considered earlier in the treatment scheme in patients with RA.

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