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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 1998 October-December;157(5-6):163-5

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Inci­dence of ­shoulder and ­elbow replace­ments in Copen­hagen

Levi N.

Depart­ment of Ortho­paedic Sur­gery, Fred­e­riks­berg Hos­pital, Depart­ment of Ortho­paedic Sur­gery, Rig­shos­pi­talet

Back­ground. ­Joint arthro­plasty is ­being ­used increas­ingly for the treat­ment of ­advanced ­joint dis­ease. How­ever the inci­dence of ­shoulder and ­elbow replace­ments oper­a­tions per­formed in Den­mark has not ­been pre­vi­ously ­reported. The inci­dence of ­shoulder and ­elbow replace­ments was there­fore ­studied in Copen­hagen ­during a 17 ­year ­period ­from 1979 to 1995.
­Methods. ­During a ­period of 17 ­years (Jan­uary 1979-­December 1995) all ­patients oper­ated ­with a ­shoulder or ­elbow replace­ment at Fred­e­riks­berg Uni­ver­sity Hos­pital ­were ­recorded.
­Results. A ­total of 49 pri­mary ­shoulder replace­ments ­were per­formed (40 in ­women and 9 in men). The ­mean age was 74 ­years (­range 35-91 ­years). The under­lying dis­ease ­among ­patients who under­went ­shoulder arthro­plasty was oste­oar­thritis in 14 ­cases, rheu­ma­toid ­arthritis in 2 ­cases and for frac­tures and in 33 ­cases. The ­overall inci­dence was 3.3/100000 inhab­i­tants/­year. A ­total of 25 pri­mary ­elbow replace­ments ­were per­formed (20 in ­women and 5 in men). The ­mean age was 75 ­years (range 46-97 ­years). The under­lying dis­ease ­among ­patients who under­went ­elbow arthro­plasty was rheu­ma­toid ­arthritis in 8 ­cases and for frac­tures in 17 ­cases. The ­overall inci­dence was 1.7/100000 inhab­i­tants/­year.
Con­clu­sions. The inci­dence of ­shoulder and ­elbow replace­ments in Copen­hagen was some­what ­higher ­than ­recently ­reported in ­Norway and ­South ­Africa.

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