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2022 Mar 31

Arthritis Res Ther



Risk factor analysis of perioperative complications in patients with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing primary cervical spine surgery.


Sakuraba K, Omori Y, Kai K, Terada K, Kobara N, Kamura S, Fujimura K, Bekki H, Ohta M, Miyahara H-A, Fukushi J-ichi
Arthritis Res Ther. 2022 Mar 31; 24(1):79.
PMID: 35361268.


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often causes cervical spine lesions as the disease condition progresses, which induce occipital neuralgia or cervical myelopathy requiring surgical interventions. Meanwhile, patients with RA are susceptible to infection or other complications in the perioperative period because they frequently have comorbidities and use immunosuppressive medications. However, the risk factors or characteristics of patients with RA who experience perioperative complications after cervical spine surgery remain unknown. A risk factor analysis of perioperative complications in patients with RA who underwent primary cervical spine surgery was conducted in the present study.