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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2017;20(1):18-23.
DOI:    Published online March 31, 2017.
The Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism Following Shoulder Surgery: A Pilot Study
Chul Hyun Cho, Hyung Gyu Jang, Ui Jun Park, Hyoung Tae Kim
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dongsan Medical Center, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
2Department of Vascular Surgery, Dongsan Medical Center, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
Received: 28 June 2016   • Revised: 15 August 2016   • Accepted: 1 September 2016
BACKGROUND: To assess the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) following shoulder surgery and to evaluate the role of postoperative duplex ultrasonography.
The study comprised a total of 224 patients who underwent shoulder surgery, including 180 shoulder arthroscopic surgeries, 28 shoulder arthroplasties, and 16 plate fixations for proximal humerus fracture between January 2014 and December 2014. The mean age of patients was 59.0 years, and there were 81 men and 143 women. Clinical data, including body mass index, blood tests, metabolic work-up for liver and renal function, previous, and present medical history, were evaluated. Duplex ultrasonography in the operative arm was performed on 2 to 4 days after surgery.
The overall incidence of VTE following shoulder surgery was 0.45% (1/224). One patient with open reduction and plate fixation for proximal humerus fracture had asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis that showed complete remission after anticoagulant medication during a 2-month period. Four patients had asymptomatic superficial cephalic vein thrombosis and complete remission without any treatment. There was no case of pulmonary embolism.
The incidence of VTE following shoulder surgery was extremely low in Asians. Duplex ultrasonography may be not considered a routine follow-up of shoulder surgery and can be selectively performed in high-risk or symptomatic patients for VTE.
Key Words: Shoulder; Surgery; Venous thromboembolism; Ultrasonography; Duplex
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