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August 4, 1999

Civil War

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(5):431. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-5-jbk0804

To the Editor: Arthroscopic knee surgery is routinely used in orthopedics. Postoperative thromboembolic events (TEEs) are serious complications, and retrospective studies have reported an incidence of 0.2% to 7% for clinically apparent deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).1

The aim of the present study was to determine prospectively the incidence of postoperative TEE in patients following minor arthroscopic knee surgery, defined as one or more of the following procedures: partial meniscectomy, synovectomy, shaving of cartilage surface, removal of loose bodies.