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Frozen-Shoulder Syndrome in Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

Johnson, J. T. H.
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: July 1959
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This study brings out several convincing statistical conclusions of a positive nature:

1. The high incidence of frozen shoulder in a tuberculosis sanitarium.

2. The great majority of patients were in the age group of forty to sixty years.

3. The onset is generally three to six months after admission to hospital and after prolonged bed rest.

4. The majority of cases occurred in patients with fairly severe lung disease and general debility.

5. The clinical course is fairly long, but relatively mild.

6. The end results are good despite minimal therapy.

There are also several convincing conclusions of a negative nature. There is:

1. No significant variation according to sex.

2. No significant predilection for shoulder lesion according to a particular side of the body.

3. No significant correlation with pulmonary lesion according to a particular side of the body.

4. No significant correlation with previous shoulder symptoms.

5. No significant correlation with patients' nervous reaction or the periarthritic personality.

Copyright 1959 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated

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