A study was performed at the Foot Clinics of New York during the months of September 1988 through December 1988, in which 54 Kirschner wires from 40 surgical patients were cultured immediately upon removal to investigate if microorganisms were present. The results and potential implications are presented.
A case of gout in a patient with primary hypothyroidism has been presented. Often missed as a companion of gout, hypothyroidism has a frequency of occurrence with gout that is significant and is probably a precipitating factor in these gouty attacks. The physician should be alert for signs and symptoms of this often occult disease in patients with hyperuricemia and gout.
Resorbable bone fixation devices may be used in various surgical procedures for internal fixation in place of traditional metallic devices. Currently, there is no radiographic technique for tracing the postsurgical location and resorption of these devices. This study was undertaken to ascertain whether magnetic resonance imaging is a suitable tool for performing such evaluations. Using an animal model, the authors investigated the correlation over time between the magnetic resonance image of a surgically implanted pin and its histologically verified location and state.