Acta Ortopédica Mexicana

De la Garza-Castro S, González-Rivera CE, Vilchez-Cavazos JF, Rositas-Noriega FH, Mendoza-Lemus OF
Septic knee arthritis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in an adolescent athlete
Acta Ortop Mex 2012; 26 (1)

Language: Español
References: 13
Page: 53-56
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Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is a very frequent procedure. Postoperative infection after this procedure is a catastrophic, although infrequent, complication. According to the literature, it occurs in less than 1% of all reconstructions done in the United States. We present herein a case report of septic arthritis of the posterior knee associated with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Key words: arthritis, knee, anteriorcruciate ligament, reconstruction, infection, postoperative complications.


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