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Prosthetic joint infection

Total joint replacement infections can present as acute, fulminant illness with fever, joint pain, local swelling, and erythema when caused by relatively virulent organisms (e.g., S. aureus). Subacute presentations with gradually progressive joint pain and no fever suggest indolent infection with a relatively avirulent organism (e.g., Staphylococcus epidermidis). A painful prosthetic joint can be caused by both infection and noninfectious, mechanical loosening. Radiography, bone scan, leukocyte scans, WBC counts, and sedimentation rate are not diagnostic for infection. Therefore, the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection rests on isolation of the pathogen by arthrocentesis or, occasionally, by exploratory arthrotomy. Staphylococci are the predominant organisms (S. epidermidis, 22 S. aureus, 22 ), with streptococci in 21 , gram-negative bacilli in 25 , and anaerobes in 10 of cases. 2. Treatment. Eradication of the pathogen in prosthetic joint infection requires...

Proposed criteria for clinical remission in rheumatoid arthritis

No alternative explanation may be invoked to account for the failure to meet a particular requirement. For instance, in the presence of knee pain, which might be related to degenerative arthritis, a point may not be awarded for no joint pain.

Postoperative soft tissue and joint infection

If a wound infection is suspected, an antibiotic therapy should not be started without opening the site of infection. Giving antibiotics in these cases would cover the symptoms and mask a latent joint infection. The symptoms of an infected hematoma are different from those of a sterile blood collection.

Osteoarthritis Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Silastic Implants

This 66-year-old right hand dominant woman had a long history of osteoarthritis involving multiple joints of the hand, and knees. She initially presented in 1989 at age 51 with atraumatic, spontaneous onset of painless distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint arthritis and painful degeneration in the dominant hand's basal joint requiring ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition (LRTI) arthroplasty. This was followed by similar basal joint symptoms in the nondominant hand requiring arthroplasty 2 years later. Over the next 6 years, she developed progressive degeneration of the left knee as well as the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) and DIP joints of both hands. The left knee required arthroplasty in 1996, but activity modification and the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) allowed her to avoid further hand surgery until 1999.


Antimalarial drugs, including both hydroxychloroquine and quinacrine, may be effective in the treatment of joint pain and inflammation, fatigue, and skin rash. These drugs can also be used as steroid-sparing agents. 4. Methotrexate is a reasonable alternative to antimalarial agents or low-dose glucocorticoids in patients with persistent arthritis, rash, or serositis. Dose reductions are necessary for patients with renal insufficiency. D. Serositis can be treated with an NSAID as outlined for arthritis. At times, severe pericarditis may require a short course of steroids. Rarely, a large pericardial effusion necessitates therapy with high-dose prednisone (20 mg three times daily). Adverse effects of long-term high-dose corticosteroid therapy are discussed under renal disease (see section VII.I.1).

Fungal arthritis

Fungal arthritis usually presents as a chronic monarticular infection, but acute polyarticular disease with or without erythema nodosum can be seen. Diagnosis depends on synovial tissue histopathology and mycotic cultures. Key features of specific types of fungal arthritis follow b. Candidiasis causes hematogenous septic arthritis in immunosuppressed hosts. Two-thirds of patients present acutely, 40 have multiple joint involvement, and 65 have evidence of osteomyelitis. E. Viral arthritis. Rubella virus, hepatitis B virus, and parvovirus are the most common identifiable viral pathogens, although arthritis can be a manifestation of mumps, infectious mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus), herpes simplex, or infection with arbovirus, enterovirus, varicella-zoster, or adenovirus. 1. Diagnostic features. Rubella is accompanied by a polyarthritis after appearance of the exanthem and usually resolves within 2 weeks. Polyarthritis also may develop following rubella...

Diagnostic Imaging Techniques

Numerous diagnostic imaging techniques may be used to supplement history, physical examination, and laboratory tests in the evaluation of bone and joint disease. Figure3-1 illustrates some of these techniques as they were used in the workup of a patient with hip pain who was found to have septic arthritis. The decision regarding which imaging technique to use and in what sequence depends on the sensitivity and specificity of the technique for a particular problem and on the availability, cost, and risk of the technique and experience in its use. Providing clinical information when ordering an imaging examination will help the radiologist or technologist to tailor the examination to the problem under investigation. The goal is to make a confident diagnosis in the shortest time at the least cost and risk to the patient. For example, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been shown to be the best method of detecting or ruling out hip fractures when radiographic findings are negative. FIG....

Joint swelling and tenderness

Diagnosis of joint tenderness can be made by eliciting pain by applying pressure at rest or by moving the joint, or questioning the patient about joint pain (eg, during movement of the hip joints). To elicit tenderness, pressure should be exerted by the examiner's thumb and index finger sufficient to cause 'whitening' of the examiner's nail bed.

Acute articular inflammation

An acutely inflamed joint must be considered septic until proved otherwise. Staphylococci, streptococci, and Haemophilus influenzae are frequent causes of septic arthritis in childhood. Lyme disease is a frequent infectious arthritis in areas where Ixodes ticks are endemic. Septic arthritis typically presents with a single inflamed joint accompanied by fever and an elevated ESR. It is less common but not impossible for other infectious agents to involve multiple joints. Not infrequently, Lyme disease may involve several joints simultaneously. b. Reactive arthritis may accompany or follow bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Toxic synovitis is the most common reactive arthritis in childhood. The typical child with toxic synovitis is 3 to 5 years of age. Classically, they have been well except, perhaps, for symptoms of an upper respiratory infection the prior evening. The following morning, the child awakens unable to walk, with a decreased range of motion in one hip....

Clinical presentation

Arthritis of hands, wrists, MCP joints, or PIP joints symmetric arthritis. 4. Simultaneous arthritis in both sides of the body. D. Extraarticular presentation. Although the joint disease dominates the clinical picture, constitutional symptoms such as fatigue and extraarticular features such as serositis, sclerosis, subcutaneous nodules, and rheumatoid vasculitis may be prominent, dominant, or life-threatening. Subcutaneous nodules appear in 20 to 30 of seropositive patients. Nodules develop mostly in pressure areas such as the elbows, finger joints, Achilles tendon, and occipital scalp and are associated with active and more severe disease. Interestingly, methotrexate treatment may cause an increase in nodulosis, especially in the fingers. Nailfold infarcts may be seen when rheumatoid vasculitis develops. Pulmonary involvement is common, with pleurisy, pleural effusion, parenchymal nodules, interstitial alveolitis, fibrosis, and bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia. Cardiac...

Differential diagnosis

Systemic lupus erythematosus and other connective tissue disorders. The symmetric joint inflammation of RA and SLE may be indistinguishable. However, in SLE, erosions do not develop, and the joint disease is commonly accompanied by such manifestations of SLE as fever, serositis, nephritis, dermatitis, cytopenias, and antinuclear antibody (ANA) and anti-DNA seropositivity. Other connective tissue disorders, such as scleroderma and the vasculitides, may present with an RA-like polyarthritis, or this may develop later. 4. Crystal deposition arthritis. Both gout and pseudogout may present in a polyarticular, RA-like fashion. Careful history, radiographs, and joint fluid analysis are helpful in defining these diagnoses. 5. Osteoarthritis. In the setting of severe, RA-related joint damage, secondary osteoarthritis may develop and be a contributing factor to joint dysfunction and the need for hip or knee replacement. Osteoarthritis itself can easily be differentiated from RA by a late age of...

Musculoskeletal system

Arthritis is common and affects both small and large joints in a symmetric pattern. The axial spine is not involved. Even in the face of long-standing arthritis, bony erosions are uncommon. Reducible joint deformity is caused by capsular laxity and both tendinous and ligamentous involvement, which lead to partial subluxation. Tendon ruptures may occur. Monarticular or asymmetric joint symptoms may also derive from osteonecrosis, most often in large, weight-bearing joints, or joint infection.

Antiinflammatory drugs

Some evidence favors long-term prophylaxis with oral colchicine (0.6 mg PO twice daily) for patients with recurrent acute attacks. Several letters to the editor suggest a benefit of hydroxychloroquine, in doses similar to those used for rheumatoid arthritis, in preventing pseudogout flares. VIII. Prognosis. Pseudogout itself has no known effect on life expectancy associated diseases carry their own prognoses. Joint symptoms can be controlled by the treatment regimens outlined in section.VI. Patients with associated osteoarthritis may eventually require prosthetic joints if symptoms and disability become chronic and severe.

Additional observations

Endocarditis is well-known for its array of immune clinical syndromes, including arthritis, leukocytoclastic vasculitis, stroke, and glomerulonephritis. Certainly, in the population using IV drugs, it remains a common cause of morbidity and mortality. F. Erythema nodosum may be confused with a phlegmon, infiltrative mass lesions, or arthritis, depending on its location and appearance. Post-infectious, intercurrent mycobacterial or paraneoplastic stimuli for erythema nodosum are common in the HIV-infected population. G. Parvovirus infection is associated with a rheumatoidlike polyarticular arthritis in non-HIV-infected adults. Some observers feel that it may play a role in bone marrow suppression during HIV infection. H. Mycobacteria, tuberculous and atypical forms, may cause joint infection by direct extension or hematogenous spread. Atypical forms may be isolated from blood or joint fluid. Tubercle bacilli are somewhat more difficult to isolate if they are strongly suspected,...

Diagnosis and therapy

The clinical presentation, course, and prognosis in patients with septic arthritis are determined by the interaction of specific pathogens and host inflammatory responses with the involved synovial tissue, cartilage, and bone. Early recognition of the pathologic process along with timely, appropriate medical and surgical intervention can neutralize the destruction and provide a favorable functional outcome. II. Pathogenesis. Invasion of the synovial membrane by microorganisms is the initial event in all pyogenic arthritides involving native (nonprosthetic) articulations. Subsequently, infection extends into the joint space, where a paucity of phagocytes, antibodies, and complement permits a closed-space infection to be established. As the pathologic process continues, the avascular cartilage is degraded by bacterial and leukocyte enzymes. The infection progresses at a rate determined by the virulence of the pathogen, the nature and extent of the inflammatory reaction, and the...

Physical examination

Radiographs are not needed in the majority of clinical situations and can be reserved for situations of persistent unexplained joint symptoms. However, when a radiographic film is obtained, one must be aware that OA is very common and not overlook other arthritides or fractures when evaluating a painful joint. Special views may be needed to evaluate the extent of involvement of a particular joint.

Chemotherapeutic agents that may induce rheumaticlike disorders are the following

Any immunosuppressive therapy may predispose a patient to bone and joint infections. keratoconjunctivitis sicca, photosensitivity, myositis, and joint contractures. P. Anti-thymocyte globulin is associated with a serum sickness reaction that consists of arthralgia arthritis and a distinctive erythematous, serpiginous rash on the hands and feet at the margins of the palmar and plantar skin ( moccasin distribution). Q. Intravesical therapy with bacille Calmette-Guerin for bladder cancer can be associated with a reactive or RA-like arthritis.

Isolated angiitis of the central nervous systen is a recently recognized vasculitic disorder primarily involving the

Vasculitis, especially of the coronary arteries, is the most serious and life-threatening complication. The onset is typically abrupt, with remitting or continuous high fever that generally lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Within 2 to 4 days of onset, bilateral conjunctival congestion occurs. Dryness, redness, and fissuring of the lips are observed within 2 to 5 days, and a strawberry tongue (as in scarlet fever) can be seen. Painful cervical lymphadenopathy appears shortly before or simultaneously with the fever. Exanthema of the trunk and reddening of the palms and soles with consequent desquamation are usual. Cardiovascular involvement can include carditis with heart murmurs and electrocardiographic changes. Coronary artery lesions with dilatation or aneurysms may be seen on echocardiography. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and arthritis. Kawasaki disease should be included in the differential diagnosis of all febrile illnesses associated...

Periarticular tendinitis or bursitis

Patient education and self-management programs. Participation in Arthritis Foundation (1-800-283-7800) activities provides patients with a reliable flow of practical information. 2. Joint rest. Excessive use of an involved joint may increase symptoms and accelerate degenerative changes. It is important to protect joints. Weight-bearing joints may be unloaded by use of a cane (held in the hand opposite to the involved extremity and extended in tandem with it), crutches, or a walker. A neck collar may be useful for cervical OA. A first CMC joint splint can be quite helpful in a flare of CMC joint pain.

Mechanical incongruity of the joint

Prior joint surgery, such as meniscectomy. 2. Prior inflammatory joint disease, such as RA or infectious arthritis. 5. Neuropathic joint disease. Loss of pain or proprioception leads to decreased joint protection and subsequent secondary OA. Examples of diseases responsible for the development of neuropathic arthropathy include diabetes, syphilis, pernicious anemia, spinal cord trauma, and peripheral nerve injury. Radiographic findings reveal severe OA changes with loss of cartilage, exuberant osteophyte formation, bizarre bony overgrowth, fragmentation of subchondral bone with pathologic fractures, and eventually disintegration of the joint structure.

N Miscellaneous musculoskeletal problems in patients with neoplasia

Patients with malignancy, especially those receiving cytotoxic therapy, are predisposed to septic complications such as pyarthrosis and osteomyelitis. Organisms include both common and opportunistic pathogens. Pyogenic arthritis caused by Streptococcus bovis or enteric organisms may signal an occult colonic neoplasm.

Lymphoproliferative disorders

Leukemic cells may directly infiltrate articular tissues. Poly-arthritis occurs more often with hematologic malignancies than with solid neoplasms. In childhood, the metaphyseal portion of bones is occupied by red marrow. Acute lymphocytic leukemia can present as a migratory or symmetric polyarthritis by infiltrating the periosteum, joint capsule, or metaphysis. It may even mimic rheumatic fever or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). The ankle or knee is usually involved. Characteristically, the joint pain is quite severe and disproportionate to any physical findings. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate may be normal. Articular manifestations may develop before the appearance of leukemic cells in the peripheral blood. An elevated serum lactate dehydrogenase or mild leukopenia may help distinguish children with malignant neoplasms who present with musculoskeletal complaints from those who ultimately have JRA. In some cases, immunocytologic analysis can identify leukemic cells...

Localized amyloidosis

The amyloidoses are of interest to rheumatologists because of their demonstrated association with long-standing inflammatory joint disease accompanied by amyloid deposition in the kidneys, liver, and spleen. However, the clinical presentation of arthropathy is rare it has been seen in association with the deposition of AL protein, the amyloid associated with the immunoglobulin light chain b2-microglobulin in patients with chronic renal failure. Arthropathy is occasionally associated with transthyretin (TTR) amyloid (transthyretin is the precursor of amyloid protein). 2. Diagnosis. Radiography may show soft-tissue swelling and generalized osteoporosis with or without lytic lesions joint space narrowing is not seen, and erosions are rare. The diagnosis can be confirmed by an examination of the synovial fluid and, when necessary, by synovial biopsy. The synovial fluid is noninflammatory and yellow or xanthochromic, and it may contain fibrils that have the tinctorial and ultrastructural...

Noninfectious inflammatory conditions

Although usually insidious in onset, RA can present with an acute polyarthritis. Early on, these patients may be seronegative for rheumatoid factor but may have fatigue, anemia, and thrombocytosis. Fever is not commonly seen in RA. c. The preadolescent girl, in contrast, may present with rheumatoid factor positivity, nodules, and an erosive polyarticular joint disease similar to adult RA (see Chapter25). 5. Seronegative spondyloarthropathies. This group of diseases is characterized by presence of the class I histocompatibility antigen HLA-B27 axial arthritis, including spondylitis and sacroiliitis and inflammatory disease of the eye, skin, and ligamentous insertions (enthesopathy). The joint pattern is usually oligoarthritic and asymmetric, and large joints of the lower extremity are involved. Rheumatoid factor and antinuclear antibodies are not usually found in the serum of these patients. The specific diagnosis is usually defined by the associated clinical...

Imaging techniques

Plain roentgenography is usually the initial diagnostic imaging method in the evaluation of bone and joint pain. It provides excellent detail of bony anatomy and abnormalities. Structures other than bone, including cartilage, muscle, ligaments, tendons, and synovial fluid, all appear to have the same soft-tissue density on roentgenography, which makes evaluation of abnormalities of these tissues difficult unless fat or calcification is present. Cartilage destruction can be diagnosed if joint space narrowing is present (see Fig 3 1). Synovitis may be detected in the knee, elbow, and ankle because of the displacement of adjacent fat pads, but it cannot be reliably detected in the hip and shoulder. Plain roentgenography is readily available and of relatively low cost. It is specific for the diagnosis of bony lesions, such as fractures, neoplasms, and osteomyelitis, but it is not as sensitive as other imaging techniques, such as radionuclide bone scanning and MRI, for the early...


Pannus formation, with the generation of locally invasive synovial tissue, is the other characteristic feature of RA. The RA pannus is composed of mononuclear cells and fibroblasts. It expresses high levels of proteolytic enzymes, which allow penetration of the cartilage, leading to cartilage damage and joint erosion. In late-stage RA, the pannus becomes fibrotic, with minimally vascularized pannus and collagen fibres overlying articular cartilage.


The most common shoulder problems are impingement syndrome with rotator cuff tears, calcific tendinitis, adhesive capsulitis, acromioclavicular joint pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, and shoulder instability. 2. Any type of arthropathy, including rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint disease, and syndromes such as polymyalgia rheumatica, may be expressed as rheumatic shoulder pain however, in contrast to the conditions reviewed in this chapter, such problems are part of more generalized rheumatic syndromes.


Although these drugs do not appear to have the capacity to induce a disease remission or prevent the formation of joint erosions, they can decrease pain and inflammation, so that the patient is better able to preserve function and range of motion. b. Naproxen. Well tolerated twice-daily regimen or slow-release tablets for once-a-day use encourage compliance tablet sizes are 250 mg, 375 mg, and 500 mg the dosage schedule is defined by the severity of joint disease.


The most common sites of involvement are the DIP and first CMC joints of the hand and the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint in the foot hips knees and the lumbar and cervical spine. OA rarely involves the MCP joints, wrists, elbows, and shoulders or ankles, unless secondary OA is present. In general, correlation between joint symptoms and radiographic changes in early OA is poor. However, as the disease presses, pain is more common as a result of pathology in bone, which is richly innervated. Later-stage disease is characterized by osteophytes and radiographic joint space narrowing, particularly in large, weight-bearing joints such as the knee and hip.


In addition to traditional surgical procedures and prosthetic joint replacement, a relatively recent advance is transplantation of cartilage in situations in which a focal defect is suitable for repair. Although it is not a routine procedure and is quite costly, cartilage transplantation adds to the tools available to preserve joint function.


The primary use of cyclosporin is to prevent rejection in organ transplant recipients. It was initially assessed as a treatment for RA on the basis of its systemic immunosuppressive properties, particularly its effect on T-cell function. A number of clinical trials in RA have shown cyclosporin to be superior to placebo, with comparable efficacy to methotrexate. However, its efficacy may be dose-dependent, as may its toxicity. There is evidence that cyclosporin improves joint function and reduces progression as seen on X-ray, especially in early RA. Its adverse effects, particularly nephrotoxic-


Indications for total joint replacemen are severe, unremitting pain with loss of joint function in the presence of radiographic evidence of articular damage. The degree of joint dysfunction is evaluated by using one of several quantitative scoring systems with numeric grades for preoperative pain, motion, stability, and activity levels. Postoperatively, the same system can be used to evaluate the degree and durability of improvement.

Morning stiffness

Swelling (observed by a physician) of at least one other joint (any interval of time between the two joint involvements when the patient is free of joint symptoms may not be longer than 3 months). B. Definite rheumatoid arthritis. This diagnosis requires five of the above criteria. In criteria 1 through 5, the joint signs or symptoms must be continuous for at least 6 weeks. C. Probable rheumatoid arthritis. This diagnosis requires three of the above criteria. In at least one of criteria 1 through 5, the joint signs or symptoms must be continuous for at least 6 weeks. D. Possible rheumatoid arthritis. This diagnosis requires two of the following criteria, and the total duration of joint symptoms must be at least 3 weeks


Surgical removal of large tophi is indicated if they become infected or interfere with joint function. VII. The prognosis of properly managed gout is excellent, and most patients have a normal life span. Chronic deforming arthritis and periarthritis can occur in long-standing untreated cases. In rare patients with severe tophaceous renal disease, chronic renal failure may develop.

Surgical procedures

Severe wrist synovitis and bony destruction are amenable to surgical therapy the degree of involvement dictates the choice of a synovectomy and ulnar head resection (dorsal stabilization procedure), a total wrist arthroplasty, or wrist fusion. Total wrist arthroplasty retains wrist motion while providing pain relief. Wrist synovitis can attenuate and rupture extensor tendons. Wrist synovectomy is indicated in the presence of persistent boggy, dorsal swelling to prevent rupture of extensor tendons. Implants continue to play an important role in the management of thumb and MCP joint disease. Critical to success are soft-tissue balancing and prolonged dynamic postoperative splinting to prevent recurrence of ulnar drift. This procedure results in pain relief with only a slight decrease in grip strength. Although fusions are not indicated for finger MCP joints, they are often useful in advanced proximal PIP joint disease to reestablish a functional hand. Cemented PIP...

Related syndromes

Patients with rheumatic diseases can often demonstrate overlapping features. Mixed connective tissue disease is an antibody-defined overlap connective tissue disease demonstrating features of lupus, systemic sclerosis, and myositis. Patients often present with puffy hands and arthralgias, and joint symptoms can be a prominent part of the clinical course. Raynaud's phenomena, esophageal dysmotility, and interstitial lung disease in addition to inflammatory myopathy can be seen. These patients have antinuclear antibodies that stain in a speckled pattern of immunofluorescence and detectable and often high titers of antibodies to ribonucleoproteins (anti-RNP). Patients with various features of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, lupus, polymyositis, and other rheumatic signs and symptoms but with nonspecific serologies are classified as having undifferentiated connective tissue disease. With observation, a classic disease may emerge. Therapy tends...

Laboratory studies

Radiographs of the joint should be obtained to document the extent of previous damage, observe for evidence of osteomyelitis, and provide a baseline for follow-up studies. The earliest radiographic sign of joint infection is periarticular soft-tissue swelling with displacement of the adjacent fat pads by synovial edema or an articular effusion during the first week of pyarthrosis. After this period, periarticular osteopenia (subchondral bone rarefaction) develops as a result of local hyperemia in addition to bone atrophy secondary to relative immobility. With more fulminant infection, uniform joint space narrowing becomes visible by radiography as a consequence of articular cartilage dissolution. Subsequently, osseous erosions, induced by pannus, can be seen in subchondral sites or in peripheral areas between the joint capsule insertion and the joint cartilage, where the synovium is in direct contact with bone. Eventually, fibrous or bony ankylosis may develop in chronic...

Sacroiliac Joint SI Injections

The difficulties identified in terms of sensitivity and specificity, particularly in comparing diagnostic blockade to a known, or reproducible, standard also apply to SI joint blockade. It is generally accepted that the SI joint can be a source of pain owing to posterior ligamentous disruption, secondary to trauma, infection, or tumor. The characteristics of so-called SI joint pain without these obvious anatomical correlates, are, however, controversial. To date, no physical finding has proven to be specific enough to reliably diagnose sacroiliac joint pain.48 Additionally, the sacroiliac joint appears to be relatively immobile and position has not been shown to be altered by manipulation.49 Technically, the SI joint may be more difficult to access than others, although access is possible with strict attention to fluoroscopic technique.50-52 Several studies have noted that the pain provoked by joint distention may be ablated by anesthetic block.50,51 The clinical significance of this...

Complications operative

Late problems are chronic deep infection, implant prominence and failure. Similar long-term problems related to foot shape and sub-talar joint stiffness described above are also encountered. With careful selection and surgical skill, operative complications may be reduced to

Diseases Of Hoffas Fat

Patellar Plica

This can result in chronic irritation and injury, with an increase in thickening, edema, and further impingement. The plica can then become fibrotic and cause damage to the articular cartilage and synovitis. Symptoms range from crepitation and swelling to joint pain medial to the patella 32 .

New Onset or Persistent Extraintestinal Manifestations EIM

Cutaneous, peripheral articular, ocular, haematologic and vascular EIM are linked to exacerbation of UC, so by excision of the entire diseased colorectal mucosa, EIM amelioration is anticipated. Nevertheless, these manifestations may persist or be aggravated in some patients whereas others may even develop EIM for the first time after surgery, with or without pouchitis 81-83 . It was shown that 31 of colitic patients post-IPAA had joint symptoms. In two thirds, joint involvement was polyarticular and the symptoms were intermittent. Forty percent reported that their symptoms interfered with daily life. No relationship was found between pouchitis and the presence of joint symptoms 81 . Goudet et al. 82 assessed the clinical evolution of pre-IPAA EIM after surgery in a retrospective study. As expected, ocular manifestations and PSC were unaffected. Arthralgia, erythema nodosum and thromboembolic events benefited the most from IPAA and tended to improve or disappear.

Monitoring and Managing Adverse Drug Reactions

Bleeding is the most common adverse reaction. Throughout administration of the thrombolytic drug, the nurse assesses for signs of bleeding and hemorrhage (see earlier discussion on warfarin). Internal bleeding may involve the GI tract, genitourinary tract, intracra-nial sites, or respiratory tract. Symptoms of internal bleeding may include abdominal pain, coffee-ground emesis, black tarry stools, hematuria, joint pain, and spitting or coughing up of blood. Superficial bleeding

The History Of Rheumatic Pisorder5

The principal clinical features of rheumatic disease are joint pain, stiffness and swelling, bone pain and muscle weakness. Since many rheumatic diseases follow an easily recognisable pattern, important information leading to a preliminary differential diagnosis, can be obtained by identifying the following

Treatments for lumbar disc degeneration

While other levels of the spine may present problems, the main reason why patients seek surgical treatment is for low back pain in the lumbar and lumbosacral areas. Painful lumbar disc degeneration is one of the most common indications for surgery. The pain of degenerative joint disease is linked to mobility. While pain is alleviated by surgery to suppress motion by spinal fusion (arthrodesis), it is at the cost of impaired function. Arthrodesis is the currently accepted 'gold standard' surgical treatment for lumbar degenerative disc disease when nonoperative therapies fail. There are a variety of approaches to arthrodesis, including anterior, posterior and posterolateral surgical approaches and the use of spinal fixation devices, with and without pedicle screw instrumentation and interbody fusion cages, and with or without bone graft, cement or bone substitutes to fixate the treatments. The various implants, pedicle screws, and fixation devices are used to remove loose pieces of bone...

Hall Drill And Saline Coolant

Skeleton Crossword

S.A., a 38-year-old teacher, was admitted for surgery for degenerative joint disease (DJD) of her right temporomandibular joint (TMJ). She has experienced chronic pain in her right jaw, neck, and ear since her automobile accident the previous year. S.A.'s diagnosis was confirmed by CT scan and was followed up with conservative therapy, which included a bite plate, NSAIDs, and steroid injections. She had also tried hypnosis in an attempt to manage her pain but was not able to gain relief. Her doctor referred her to an oral surgeon who specializes in TMJ disorders. S.A. was scheduled for an arthroplasty of the right TMJ to remove diseased bone on the articular surface of the right mandibular condyle. Type of arthritis abbreviation

Exercise Plays a Role in Calcium Homeostasis

Bone Mineral Density Exercise Graph

Exercise also plays a role in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Controlled clinical trials find that appropriate, regular exercise decreases joint pain and degree of disability, although it fails to influence the requirement for antiinflammatory drug treatment. In rheumatoid arthritis, exercise also increases muscle strength and functional capacity without increasing pain or medication requirements. Whether or not exercise alters disease progression in either rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis is not known.

MJB Stallmeyer and Gregg H Zoarski

Synovial Portion Joint

Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction or arthopathy is thought by many to be a significant source of low back pain and referred lower extremity pain. Bernard and Kirkaldy-Willis1 reported that 22.5 of 1293 patients with low back pain were symptomatic as a result of SI joint disease. Schwarzer et al.,2 using fluoroscopically guided SI joint injections, estimated that the prevalence of SI joint pain in patients with low back pain was between 13 and 30 . From the results of provocation tests and SI joint blocks, Maigne et al.3 concluded that 18 of patients experienced pain attributable to the SI joint. Sacroiliac joint pain is presumed to be caused by abnormal movement or malalignment of the SI joint. It may result from a variety of causes including spondyloarthropathy,4-6 crystal7 and pyogenic arthropathy,8 pelvic and sacral fractures,9 and diastasis resulting from trauma, pregnancy, or childbirth,10,11 but it also may be idiopathic.12-13

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) involves persistent fatigue of no known cause that may be associated with impaired memory, sore throat, painful lymph nodes, muscle and joint pain, headaches, sleep problems, and immune disorders. The condition often occurs after a viral infection. Epstein-Barr virus (the agent that causes mononucleosis), herpesvirus, and other viruses have been suggested as possible causes of CFS. No traditional or alternative therapies have been consistently successful in treating CFS. muscle and joint pain and other symptoms may be virally induced

Decompression Sickness

The amount of nitrogen dissolved in the plasma as the diver ascends to sea level decreases, as a result of the progressive decrease in the Pn2. If the diver surfaces slowly, a large amount of nitrogen can diffuse through the alveoli and be eliminated in the expired breath. If decompression occurs too rapidly, however, bubbles of nitrogen gas (N2) can form in the tissue fluids and enter the blood. This process is analogous to the formation of carbon dioxide bubbles in a champagne bottle when the cork is removed. The bubbles of N2 gas in the blood can block small blood channels, producing muscle and joint pain as well as more serious damage. These effects are known as decompression sickness, commonly called the bends. The primary treatment for decompression sickness is hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Treatment And Prevention

Evidenced by several studies most cases of active TB in the elderly result from reactivation of a latent infection. These individuals presumably acquired the infecting organism during the time prior to the availability of effective antituberculous chemotherapy. Hence, unless the older patient is from a country with a high prevalence of drug-resistant Mtb, had previously been inadequately treated with Mtb chemotherapy, or had acquired the infection from a known MDR-TB contact, the overwhelming number of TB cases in the elderly will be highly susceptible to isoniazid and rifampin. Hence, once TB is suspected, appropriate diagnostic tools have been utilized, and reasonable caution exercised to ensure low probability of Mtb drug resistance, antituberculous chemotherapy with standard doses of isoniazid (300 mg d) and rifampin (600 mg d) can be instituted (10). An effective alternative for older patients is a regimen commencing with isoniazid (300 mg d), rifampin (600 mg d), and...

Breast implants and connective tissue disease formal reviews

A recent manufacturer's study in support of approval for silicone gel-filled breast implants reported a statistically significant increase, from baseline (before implantation) to 3 years postimplantation for augmentation patients, of fatigue, exhaustion, joint swelling, frequent muscle cramps, joint pain, combined fatigue, combined pain, and combined (symptoms of) fibromyalgia 66 . Unfortunately, there was no comparable control group to compare the findings with, so it is difficult to interpret these findings and the question of an association of breast implants with fibromyalgia is left unresolved.

A brief regulatory history of breast implants

Implant manufacturers had sent was inadequate to warrant a review. However, the issue had become controversial, and FDA sought outside advice from advisory committees (panels). Therefore, the FDA convened the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel in November, 1991, to consider whether there was adequate information on silicone gel-filled breast implants to permit continued marketing. Despite the Panel's opinion (which concurred with that of the FDA) that there was inadequate information to approve these devices, the Panel voted to keep silicone gel-filled breast implants on the market while manufacturers collected additional information to support the continued marketing of their product 2 . Several months later, in early 1992, the FDA called for a voluntary moratorium (not a ban, as sometimes characterized) on the sale and implantation of silicone gel-filled breast implants until the Panel could meet again to consider additional information. This moratorium did not affect...


The facet syndrome. Clin Orthop 115 149-156, 1976. Schwarzer AC, Wang S, Bogduk N, McNaught PJ, Laurent R. The prevalence and clinical features of lumbar zygapophysial joint pain a study in an Australian population with chronic low back pain. Ann Rheum Dis 54 100-106, 1995.

Local Infections

Salmonella organisms can also produce abscesses in almost any anatomical site, and these can occur independently of symptoms of gastroenteritis or systemic illness. There is a strong tendency for salmonellae to localize in tissues that are the sites of preexisting disease. Meningeal localization of infections is common in newborns and infants, and occasional small outbreaks of Salmonella infections in nurseries have consisted almost entirely of meningitis. Suppurative joint disease and chronic aseptic polyarthritis has also been described.

General inspection

The examination begins on first meeting the patient, with observation of the patient's overall posture, gait, ease of movement and demeanour. Guided by the history, a search for relevant non-articular features of joint disease and significant general medical abnormalities should be made.

Key Clinical Terms

Osteoarthritis (see below) A form of acute arthritis, usually beginning in the knee or foot, osteoarthritis ( OA) arthritis results from wear and tear, injury, or disease also called degenerative joint disease (DJD) rh eumatoid arthritis arthritis and other systemic diseases


Congenital Pathology Sacroiliac Joint

The diagnosis of SI joint pain is a diagnosis of exclusion. Other etiologies of pain such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc, and facet degenerative disease must first be excluded. Various physical maneuvers (e.g., Patrick's test, Gillet test, Gaenslen's maneuver, pain with pressure application to the SI ligaments at the sacral sulcus with the patient prone) have been described to diagnose SI joint pain3,16,31-32 but may be unreliable due to the lack of intraobserver and interobserver repro-ducibility.14,33,34 Additionally, many of these maneuvers also stress the lumbar spine or hip joints,35 which may confound interpretation. Findings of sacroiliitis obtained by computed tomography (CT) include joint space widening or narrowing, juxta-articular demineraliza-tion, osteophytes, subchondral sclerosis, erosions of the cortical surfaces and subchondral bone, and ankylosis (Figure 13.2). However, imaging abnormalities on standard CT images are relatively poor predictors of which patients...

Thumb Joint Fusion

Chronic Instability Thumb

An injury to the first MP joint can easily be overlooked in traumatic falls. The injuries to the collateral ligaments and subsequent dislocations can initially appear normal on x-ray. The patient usually describes a mechanism that consists of a sudden valgus force being applied to the MP joint of the thumb. This mechanism may cause disruption of the UCL, and if the joint is left unstable and untreated, a skier's thumb leads to early degenerative joint disease of the first MP joint (Fig. 51 5).

Clinical Features

Herniated Disc Bone Window

Lumbar facet joint pain can present as an acute or a chronic chief complaint. It can be secondary to degenerative disease of the joint or may present secondary to an acute traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle or skiing accident (28,29). The appearance of the joint by radiography does not correlate with the joint's relationship as the pain generator. Chronic disc degeneration can result in disturbances of the facet joints including loss of height, hypertrophic bone formation, synovial changes, and thickening and contraction, leading to facet joint pain generation (30). The diagnosis of facet joint pain frequently can be made on the basis of history and examination of the affected joint. Back pain caused by facet joint disease frequently presents or is aggravated by various motions or postures including those during stretching, bending (hyperextension and lateral flexion), rotary motion, or sitting in the erect position for a period of time. Pain may present in the lower back,...

Skin Manifestations

Ibd Skin Manifestation

EN develops in parallel with the colitis whereas PG may be concomitant or subsequent, even developing years after colectomy 45 . EN is characterised by sudden onset of multiple, bilateral, symmetrical, painful, red and warm nodules arising mainly on the extensor surfaces of the arms and legs. These nodules are often associated with systemic symptoms, such as fever, malaise and joint pain. The typical course of the disease lasts 3-6 weeks, but the residual bruiselike lesions may last for months. As for the presence of different EIM in the same patient (i.e. EN, anky-losing spondylitis and uveitis), there are numerous hypotheses to explain overlapping syndromes, one of which is based on the assumption of a common antigen, an isoform of tropomyosin, in the eyes, skin and joints. The likely aetiology is a hypersensitive response due to deposition of immune complex in and around venules in the septa of connective tissue in subcutaneous fat. Treatment for EN usually focuses on the...

Types Of Infections

Blastomycosis is usually acquired by the respiratory route, and when symptomatic is manifested as pneumonia. Pulmonary involvement can be asymptomatic or cause nonspecific signs of fever, cough, and myalgias. Large inocula or underlying defects in immunity can result in severe pneumonia, including an adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) picture. Later, patients can develop chronic pulmonary disease or can present with evidence of disseminated disease, especially skin or bone involvement. Complaints of bone or joint pain after a bout of blastomycosis should be investigated carefully with plain films and or bone scan. Whether reactivation of blastomycosis due to immunosuppression occurs is controversial, but if it does it is clearly very unusual.

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