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Venous Thromboembolism in Lower Extremity Arthroscopy

Published:January 21, 2008DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arthro.2007.11.010

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      Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a relatively rare complication of arthroscopic surgery of the lower extremity, but it does have the potential to result in significant morbidity and possible mortality. VTE has been reported to occur with knee arthroscopy, and guidelines for VTE prophylaxis before and after knee arthroscopy have been proposed. There are much fewer data regarding the incidence of VTE occurring after arthroscopy of the ankle and the hip. This article reviews the literature on the incidence, treatment, and prevention of VTE in association with arthroscopy of the lower extremity.

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