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Hand Clin. 1994 Aug;10(3):521-9.

Infection following total elbow arthroplasty.

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Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.


Total elbow arthroplasty can be a safe, effective means of relieving the pain and loss of motion owing to arthritis of the elbow; however, infection is a frequent and devastating complication that occurs in 1 of every 20 total elbows. Through careful patient selection, meticulous operative technique, and vigilant postoperative care, this risk can be decreased. If infection does develop, early, aggressive operative management provides the best hope for salvage of the joint.

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