Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery
November 16, 2012
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1440 patients will be reviewed over a 1 year period
Inclusion: All knee and hip replacement subjects coded in the Legacy Dataset as rheumatoid arthritis and some knee and hip replacement subjects in the Legacy Dataset coded for osteoarthritis
Exclusion: Total joint arthroplasty due to fracture, self-report of any systemic rheumatic disease besides rheumatoid arthritis, and ICD-9 codes for any other systemic rheumatic disease or inflammatory disorder. For control subjects: secondary ICD9 code for rheumatoid arthritis
Susan M. Goodman MD