Infectious and thromboembolic complications of arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Pietro Randelli, Alessandro Castagna, Federico Cabitza, Paolo Cabitza, Paolo Arrigoni, Matteo Denti

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Hypothesis: This study investigates the rate of infectious and thromboembolic complications in shoulder arthroscopy and their association with pharmacologic prophylaxis. Materials and methods: On behalf of the Italian Society for Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy, Sport Traumatology, Cartilage and Orthopaedic Technologies (SIGASCOT), we asked the members to complete an on-line Web survey about their experiences and strategies of prophylaxis in shoulder arthroscopy. Results: In the period 2005-2006, 9385 surgeries were performed. We report 15 infections and 6 DVTs. The overall rate of infections was 0.0016 (1.6/1000) and the rate of DVTs was 0.0006 (0.6/1000). Conclusion: The association between infection and antibiotic prophylaxis was significant (P = 0.01); however, the risk of DVTs was not decreased with heparin prophylaxis. Level of evidence: Level 3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • antibiotics
  • deep venous thromboses
  • heparin
  • infection
  • Shoulder arthroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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