Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery
June 26, 2013
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404 patients will be reviewed over the course of one year
Inclusion: All knee and hip replacement subjects coded in the Legacy Dataset as SLE 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 SLE, 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