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Rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow 

Rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow
Rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow

David Clark

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date: 06 July 2022

50% of RA patients have elbow involvement

Females affected 3 times more than males

Peak incidence 60-70 years of age

Radiological severity assessed using the Larson radiological grading system

No single test used to diagnose RA

The management of RA requires a multidisciplinary approach

Anti-TNF drugs are used when disease-modifying agent combinations have failed to control symptoms

Intra-articular and intramuscular cortisone is an effective way of controlling fl are-ups

Total elbow arthroplasty is indicated in severe RA where there is failure of medical management to control symptoms

10 year survival rates of total elbow replacement between 80 % (unlinked) and 92 % (linked).

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