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Higher risk for infection associated with previous non-arthroplasty related shoulder surgery

Higher risk for infection associated with previous non-arthroplasty related shoulder surgery

Patients who underwent primary shoulder arthroplasty experienced a significantly higher risk for infection if they had previously undergone non–arthroplasty-related surgery, according to results.

Patients who underwent primary shoulder arthroplasty experienced a significantly higher risk for infection if they had previously undergone non–arthroplasty-related surgery, according to results.

Researchers reviewed 4,577 patients treated with 2,890 total shoulder arthroplasties, 1,233 hemiarthroplasties and 454 reverse shoulder arthroplasties between 1970 and 2012, of whom 18% had undergone prior non-arthroplasty shoulder surgery on the operative side. They compared patients with and without previous surgery for postoperative prosthetic infection.

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Source: Healio

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