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Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery vol:40 issue:5 pages:302-306 Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery / Nordisk plastikkirurgisk forening [and] Nordisk klubb for handkirurgi vol:40 issue:5 pages:302-6
Fifty-one patients who had had proximal row carpectomy between 1992 and 2002 with a minimum follow-up of one year were followed up clinically and radiologically retrospectively. Their diagnoses included Kienböck disease (n=21), avascular necrosis of the scaphoid (n=4), nonunion of the scaphoid with osteoarthritis (n=9), and scapholunate advanced collapse (n=17). The mean follow-up was 5 years, 8 months. The mean "disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand" (DASH) score was 18. The mean patient-rated wrist evaluation (PRWE) score list was 25% of maximum disability for the function and pain score. Thirty-four patients (87%) were able to return to work a mean of six months after operation (range 3 weeks - 35 months). Nine patients (11%) required arthrodesis of the wrist and are considered as failures. Mean flexion of the wrist was 66%, extension 73%, radial deviation 74%, ulnar deviation 76%, and grip force 70% of the opposite side. Excision of the proximal row provided predictable and durable pain relief, restored functional movement and grip strength, and allowed returned to gainful employment in most of the patients.