• Untreated varicose veins put patients at greater DVT risk following THA

    As the search continues for methods to reduce deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism risk in patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty, researchers have found increased rates of deep vein thrombosis within 90 days of undergoing total hip arthroplasty among patients with untreated varicose veins.

    “Overall patients should consider having their varicose veins treated prior to undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA) in an attempt to reduce DVT [deep vein thrombosis],” Anahita Dua, MD, of Brookfield, Wisc., said at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting, here.

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  • ACR approves standardized measures to determine RA disease activity

    A working group organized by the American College of Rheumatology has analyzed more than 60 disease activity measures for rheumatoid arthritis and recommended six measures that can be applied in clinical practice, according to a press release. The analysis by the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Clinical Disease Activity Measures Working Group apppear in Arthritis Care & Research.

    “Our goal was to determine which RA disease activity measures could accurately distinguish the various levels of RA activity and would also be reasonable to implement in clinical practice,” Salahuddin Kazi, MD, from the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Texas and a lead study investigator, stated in a press release.

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