[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We reviewed the treatment of 43 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and femoral neck fracture. Patients' average age was 66.4 (36-80) years and average duration of RA was 20.3 (4-42) years. Thirteen patients were treated with primary total hip arthroplasty (THA), and the clinical results were comparable to patients treated conservatively or by osteosynthesis. Eighteen patients were treated with primary bipolar hip prosthesis and after an average of 6.1 (1-13) years there was no acetabular destruction. However, long-term results were inferior to patients treated with THA. Nine patients were treated with osteosynthesis, of which two later had a hip prosthesis. Three cases with impacted fractures were treated conservatively with successful union in all.
Preview · Article · Feb 2003 · International Orthopaedics