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Silicone Arthroplasty After Ankylosis of Proximal Interphalangeal Joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Case Report

Hisham M Awan, Joseph E Imbriglia
American Journal of Orthopedics 2016, 45 (4): E221-3
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause severe disability of the hand and fingers. Ankylosis of the finger joints is a known yet underreported manifestation of RA of the hand. We report the case of a patient who had RA and developed autofusion of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints. At presentation, the PIP joints were fused in 15° of flexion. Silicone PIP arthroplasty was performed. Function improved with 60° of PIP joint motion and no pain.

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