Influence of methotrexate on the frequency of postoperative infectious complications in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

J. Sany, J. M. Anaya, F. Canovas, B. Combe, C. Jorgensen, S. Saker, M. N. Thaury -, J. P. Gavroy

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Objective. To evaluate the influence of methotrexate (MTX) on the frequency of postoperative complications in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. We conducted a randomized unblinded prospective study in 64 patients with RA treated with MTX and who underwent orthopedic surgery. Two groups of patients were constituted: in Group A (32 patients), MTX was interrupted 7 days before the surgery; in Group B (32 patients), MTX was not discontinued. Results. Fifty surgical procedures were performed in Group A and 39 procedures in Group B. No postoperative infection was observed in any group. A prolonged wound healing was noticed in 6 cases in Group A and in 4 cases in Group B (not significant). Conclusion. We suggest that the interruption of MTX is not required in patients with RA when an orthopedic surgical treatment is planned. However a large prospective study is needed to make a definitive conclusion.

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Páginas (desde-hasta)1129-1132
Número de páginas4
PublicaciónJournal of Rheumatology
Volumen20
N.º7
EstadoPublicada - 1993
Publicado de forma externa

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reumatología
  • Inmulogía y alergología
  • Inmunología

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