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Delayed rupture of the spleen in rheumatoid arthritis.
  1. J L Taylor,
  2. M D Middleton
  1. Department of Surgery, East Birmingham Hospital.


    When tripping and falling patients with rheumatoid arthritis may adopt the 'fetal tuck' position to protect their painful deformed hands. There is then a risk of splenic injury by the left elbow, which may not be immediately apparent.

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