Ultrasound examination of haematomas after total hip replacement

Abstract

We have used ultrasound after 84 total hip replacements to define the site and size of any haematoma present. Repeated examination after operation indicated when the haematoma had occurred. We have demonstrated that two suction drains were more effective than one in preventing haematomas around the prosthesis in the first week after operation. The early detection of a haematoma allows rational treatment which should reduce the risk of deep infection. L'ultrasonographie a été utilisée dans une série consécutive de 84 arthroplasties totales de hanche afin de préciser la localisation et l'importance d'un éventuel hématome. Il a été ainsi possible de démontrer que deux drains aspiratifs sont plus efficaces qu'un seul vis à vis de la prévention des hématomes péri-prothétiques durant la première semaine post-opératoire. La découverte précoce d'un hématome permet un traitement rationnel, susceptible de réduire le risque d'infection profonde.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00265746

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@article{Parrini1988UltrasoundEO, title={Ultrasound examination of haematomas after total hip replacement}, author={Letizia Parrini and Massimiliano Baratelli and M. Parrini}, journal={International Orthopaedics}, year={1988}, volume={12}, pages={79-82} }