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OSTEOTOMY OF THE SPINE FOR CORRECTION OF FLEXION DEFORMITY IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

SMITH-PETERSEN, M. N.; LARSON, CARROLL B.; AUFRANC, OTTO E.

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1. Surgical intervention in rheumatoid arthritis should he undertaken early, before secondary deformities develop.

2. Flexion deformity of the spine frequently results from delayed surgical treatment of the hips.

3. Such flexion deformity may be sufficiently severe to demand surgical correction.

4. Osteotomy of the spine, performed in a small series of six cases, has yielded satisfactory results.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Copyright © 1945 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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