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Multiple pelvic insufficiency fractures in rheumatoid patients with mutilating changes

Author(s): Shigeo Fukunishi | Tomokazu Fukui | Shoji Nishio | Fumiaki Imamura | Shinichi Yoshiya

Journal: Orthopedic Reviews
ISSN 2035-8237

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e23;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Multiple insufficiency fractures occurred in two patients with mutilating rheumatoid arthritis (RA), leading to substantial disabilities. Both patients received long-term oral glucocorticoid therapy and underwent multiple lower-extremity surgeries such as total hip arthroplasty (THA) or Total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The multiple fractures were located in the pelvis and lumbo-sacral region. Fractures in both patients were treated conservatively. Although bony union and resumption of activities were achieved in one patient, the other patient was not able to resume ambulation. For RA patients with combined risk factors for insufficiency fractures, aggressive preventive intervention and careful clinical assessment for early detection and management are warranted.
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