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Technique Article

An Effective Bedside Lavage Technique for Management of Septic Arthritis of the Ankle

Steven DeFroda, Andrew Gil, Joe Harris, Gregory R Waryasz

Keywords : Bacteremia, Hematogenous infection, Infection, Joint lavage, Septic ankle, Septic arthritis

Citation Information : DeFroda S, Gil A, Harris J, Waryasz GR. An Effective Bedside Lavage Technique for Management of Septic Arthritis of the Ankle. J Foot Ankle Surg Asia-Pacific 2022; 9 (3):128-129.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10040-1233

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Septic arthritis of the ankle can result in short- and long-term disabilities and fatal complications if not addressed promptly. Urgent arthroscopic or open joint lavage is the standard of care in cases with septic arthritis. However, this may be delayed in older patients with comorbidities and immunocompromised individuals, for achieving preoperative optimization. To counter such situations, we present a simple and effective bedside joint lavage technique that relies on continuous irrigation and suction and can therefore prevent unwarranted delays in the operative management of these cases.

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