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Patients with inflammatory arthropathies undergo feet surgery later in the disease course than hand surgery

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2010 Vol.28, N°5
PI 0702, PF 0707
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PMID: 20883637 [PubMed]

Received: 16/12/2009
Accepted : 20/04/2010
In Press: 22/10/2010
Published: 22/10/2010


Inflammatory arthropathies often results in functional impairment and joint damage and deformity. Hand and foot are frequent locations for surgical interventions. Our objective is to compare disease duration, patient reported health status measures and use of medication in patients with inflammatory arthropathies referred for hand or foot surgery.
Patients referred for hand or foot surgery at the Diakonhjemmet Hospital responded to mail surveys preoperatively, including AIMS2, HAQ, SF-36, EQ-5, and visual analogue scales addressing patient global assessment of disease activity, fatigue, general pain and pain in the actual joint. Data on disease duration, surgical treatment and medication were collected from the hospital records.
116 patients (mean (SD) age 57 (13) years, 76% female) with inflammatory arthropathies underwent hand (n=52, mean (SD) age 55 (13) years) or foot (n=64, mean (SD) age 58 (13) years) surgery. Disease duration at the time of surgery was significantly longer for patients referred for foot vs. hand surgery (19 (13) vs. 13 (10) years, p=0.04). Patients undergoing foot surgery used more frequently biological or conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drug at the time of surgery than patients having hand surgery (50% vs. 71%, respectively, p=0.02). Baseline values for the patient-reported health status measures were mainly similar for the two patient groups.
Patients undergoing surgical procedures in the foot had significantly longer disease duration and were more frequently on potent medication at the time of surgery than patients undergoing hand surgery. The observation may indicate that the impact of foot damage in inflammatory arthropathies is underestimated.

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