Postoperative fever after total knee arthroplasty: the role of cytokines.

@article{Andres2003PostoperativeFA,
  title={Postoperative fever after total knee arthroplasty: the role of cytokines.},
  author={Brett M Andres and Dennis D. Taub and Ilksen Gurkan and James F. Wenz},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={2003},
  volume={415},
  pages={221-31}
}
Febrile temperatures commonly are seen after total knee arthroplasty, but their source and importance are unclear. The goal of the current study was to determine whether such fevers are part of the normal physiologic response to surgery mediated by inflammatory cytokines. In 20 patients who had total knee arthroplasty, serum and wound drain fluid samples were collected preoperatively and at 1, 6, 24, and 48 hours postoperatively; oral temperatures were measured postoperatively every 4 hours for… CONTINUE READING
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