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Elaine Joughin


Clinical Assisant Professor, and Head, Division of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Surgery

(403) 955-7867

Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary AB T3B 6A8

Research Activities: 

brachial plexus injyury, hemophilic arthropathy, osteochondritis dessicans of the knee, congenital and acquired dislocations of the knee and patella

Primary Area of Research: 

Brachial plexus injury - unfunded prospective study - 3 dimensional analysis of shoulder and arm movement during functional tasks preoperative and postoperative shoulder reconstruction surgery.  Improved shoulder and arm kinetics have been demonstrated after tendon and arthroscopic shoulder releases to enable children with functional upper limb deficits to achieve measurable goals.  Functional improvements that are important to these children include the ability to wash and comb hair, carry heavy objects, reach above the shoulder to place and remove objects on shelves, and cosmetically more acceptable movement of the affected limb.  Our results have allowed us to evaluate the effectiveness of surgical procedures so that we can critically evaluate our management for each child.

Hemophilic arthropathy - multicenter study - Radioactive Yttrium and Rhenium injections into target joints (synoviorhesis) to decrease recurrent bleeding and subsequent synovial inflammation in hemophilia patients to decrease the progression of severe arthritis in target joints.  In the past, P32 has been successfully used for this purpose.  There are multiple published outcome studies showing its efficacy.  However, P32 has been with drawn from the market following rare incidences of leukemia in children that have had P32 injections in joint.  This study has been initiated to determine the safety of using Y90 and Rh132 for radioactive synovectomy both in adults and children.

  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)