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Postphlebitic syndrome after total knee arthroplasty - 405 patients examined 2-10 years after surgery

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Deehan, Dr Shahid Siddique, Ian Pinder, Elizabeth Lingard


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We assessed the prevalence and relevance of putative risk factors for significant postphlebitic syndrome (PPS) in a cohort of 405 patients who underwent single limb cemented total knee arthroplasty, All patients were studied by means of a questionnaire and clinical examination to detect the presence of lower limb venous insufficiency. We found 52 (13%) new cases of postphlebitic syndrome, Comparison of those patients with and without PPS revealed no significant differences in the median age, sex ratio, preoperative mass, primary joint pathology or relevance of primary or revision surgery. A confirmed history of pre- or post-operative deep vein thrombosis was associated with the development of disease. Most cases seemed to develop within 5 years of surgery.

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Author(s): Deehan DJ, Siddique M, Weir DJ, Pinder IM, Lingard EM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica

Year: 2001

Volume: 72

Issue: 1

Pages: 42-45

ISSN (print): 0001-6470

ISSN (electronic): 1651-1964

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/000164701753606671


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