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Refractory Elbow ArthrofibrosisA Report of Four Cases
Sergiy Nesterenko, MD1; Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, MD1; Bernard F. Morrey, MD1
1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street S.W., Rochester, MN 55905. E-mail address for J. Sanchez-Sotelo: sanchezsotelo.joaquin@mayo.edu
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Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. Commercial entities (Stryker, DePuy, and Zimmer) paid or directed in any one year, or agreed to pay or direct, benefits in excess of $10,000 to a research fund, foundation, division, center, clinical practice, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which one or more of the authors, or a member of his or her immediate family, is affiliated or associated.
Investigation performed at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2009 Nov 01;91(11):2693-2695. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.H.00971
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Most patients with elbow stiffness have contractures proportional in severity to the initial insult. However, there is a subset of individuals who have stiffness after relatively minor events and who experience repeated early recurrences after soft-tissue contracture release. The purpose of the present report was to describe the clinical features and outcomes for patients presenting with such a condition, which we term refractory elbow arthrofibrosis.
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