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Human Studies

2022 Jan 04

Int J Rheum Dis

Enhanced arthrocentesis of the effusive knee with pneumatic compression.


Brahmbhatt S, Iqbal A, Jafari Farshami F, Muruganandam M, Trost JR, Cisneros DR, Kiani AN, McElwee MK, Hayward WA, Haseler LJ, Band PA, Sibbitt WL
Int J Rheum Dis. 2022 Jan 04.
PMID: 34984834.


Complete arthrocentesis of the effusive knee ameliorates patient pain, reduces intra-articular and intraosseous pressure, removes inflammatory cytokines, and has been shown to substantially improve the therapeutic outcomes of intra-articular injections. However, conventional arthrocentesis incompletely decompresses the knee, leaving considerable residual synovial fluid in the intra-articular space. The present study determined whether external pneumatic circumferential compression of the effusive knee permitted more successful arthrocentesis and complete joint decompression.