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J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2003 Dec;11(2):174-7.

The incidence of deep vein thrombosis after hip and knee arthroplasties in Japanese patients: a prospective study.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mie University Faculty of Medicine, 2-174 Edobashi, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture 514-8507, Japan. a-sudou@clin.medic.mie-u.ac.jp

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To document the incidence of proximal deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in 58 consecutive Japanese patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty or total knee arthroplasty.

METHODS:

Patients were routinely examined for proximal deep vein thrombosis by B-mode ultrasonography before and after surgery. Those patients who had ultrasonographic findings of deep vein thrombosis were also investigated for pulmonary embolism by ventilation-perfusion lung scan.

RESULTS:

The incidence of deep vein thrombosis after total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty were 9.1% and 4.0% respectively, and the incidence of pulmonary embolism were 3.0% and 0%, respectively. There were no cases of fatal pulmonary embolism.

CONCLUSION:

The incidence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in Japanese patients may have increased over the last few decades.

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