Clodronato nella osteoartrosi erosiva delle mani: efficacia sul dolore e recupero funzionale.

Translated title of the contribution: Clodronate in erosive osteoarthrosis of the hand: efficacy for pain and function recovery

G. Saviola, L. Santoro

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Abstract

29 patients suffering from erosive osteoarthritis of the hands (26 women with a mean age of 61.47 years and 3 men with a mean age of 53.3 years) were treated during painful episodes with cyclical intravenous clodronate (300 mg for slow infusion for 7 days). We administered 73 cycles after which the pain, evaluated by VAS' score, decreased from 5.63 +/- 2.14 to 2.93 +/- 1.95 (p = 0.0001); the pain reduction lasted for a mean of 88.33 days. In 16 out of those 73 cycles were measured also: the strength of the hands (mmHg) which increased, on the right from 169.38 +/- 75.85 to 190.31 +/- 81.76, on the left from 180.56 +/- 68.27 to 196.11 +/- 85.55 (p = n.s.); the number of painful joints which decreased from 4.75 +/- 2.52 to 2.56 +/- 1.93 (p = 0.0011); the number of swollen joints which decreased from 3.07 +/- 2.69 to 2.67 +/- 2.61 (p = n.s). These data prove the efficacy of the clodronate in treating painful episodes of erosive osteoarthritis and suggest that bisphoshonates could play an important role in the rehabilitation of this disease.

Translated title of the contributionClodronate in erosive osteoarthrosis of the hand: efficacy for pain and function recovery
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)328-331
Number of pages4
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume22
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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