Arthritis & Rheumatism

Postoperative infection rate similar across biologics in RA

(HealthDay)—For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) undergoing arthroplasty, the risk for postoperative infection is similar across biologics but is increased with glucocorticoid use, according to a study published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

C. difficile risk higher with stoma reversal versus colectomy

(HealthDay)—Patients who undergo elective stoma reversal have a higher incidence of postoperative Clostridium difficile infection versus patients who undergo elective colectomy, according to a study published in the May ...

Surgery

Post-Op complications measurements differ, study finds

How do medical professionals determine whether or not a patient has experienced a post-operative complication? A team of Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers has published results of a three-year study examining mechanisms ...

Surgery

Showering just days after TKA does not up infection risk

(HealthDay)—Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients are usually instructed to wait two weeks after surgery to take a shower to reduce the risk of infection; however, this may not be necessary, according to a study published ...

Surgery

Post-op infection rate low for minimally invasive spine Sx

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing posterior transtubular microscopic assisted spinal surgery, the postoperative infection rate is very low, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.

Surgery

Microbial flora ID'd in patients undergoing rhinoplasty

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing rhinoplasty, preoperative nasal culture can identify microbial flora that indicate risk of postoperative infection, according to research published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Facial Plastic ...

Surgery

High mortality, costs with C. difficile after spine surgery

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection is associated with longer, more expensive hospital stays, and increased mortality, according to a study published ...

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