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The incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism after knee replacement with no prophylactic anticoagulation (1993)

Author(s): F. M. Khaw;C. G. Moran;I. M. Pinder;S. R. Smith

  • : The incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism after knee replacement with no prophylactic anticoagulation

Abstract: We made a prospective study of the incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism in patients after total knee replacement with no prophylactic anticoagulation. There were 499 consecutive patients having 527 knee replacements. They all wore anti-thromboembolic stockings and were mobilised 48 hours after surgery. No patient was lost to follow-up. One patient died of pulmonary embolism 22 days after operation. There were no other deaths within three months of operation. The incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism was 0.19% (95% confidence interval: 0 to 0.6%). Fatal pulmonary embolism is rare after total knee replacement without prophylactic anticoagulation and the routine anticoagulation of these patients is of doubtful value. [References: 13]

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  • Short Title: The incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism after knee replacement with no prophylactic anticoagulation
  • Journal: Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British
  • Volume: 75
  • Issue: 6
  • Pages: 940-1
  • Publication type: Article
  • Bibliographic status: Published