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Med J Malaysia. 2005 Jul;60 Suppl C:14-6.

The incidence of deep venous thrombosis following arthroscopic knee surgery.

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Orthopaedic Unit, Department of Surgery, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


A prospective cohort study was undertaken at two centers to look for the incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) following knee arthroscopic surgery. Eighty-four patients who had 90 arthroscopic procedures were reviewed. The relevant risk factors: past or family history of DVT, smoking, oral contraceptives, body weight, haemoglobin level, platelet count, tourniquet time and type of anaesthesia were documented. All patients were subjected to preoperative and post-operative duplex ultrasound. Only one patient (1.2 %) was noted to have DVT involving the peroneal vein. We concluded that the incidence of DVT after knee arthroscopy was very low in this study population.

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