Arthrocentesis

Overview

Definition

Arthrocentesis takes joint fluid out using a needle. It can be done in most of the joints in the body. It is usually done on large joints like the knee or shoulder.

Arthrocentesis
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will go over some problems, like:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Increased pain

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Infections on the skin
  • Recent fever or infection
  • Bleeding problems
  • Use of blood thinners

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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RESOURCES

Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases http://www.niams.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca 

Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org 

References

Arthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health%5Finfo/Arthritis/arthritis%5Frheumatic.asp. Updated April 30, 2017. Accessed May 29, 2018.

Knee pain treatment. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritistoday.org/where-it-hurts/knee-pain/treatment/knee-injection.php. Accessed May 29, 2018.

Synovial fluid analysis. Lab Tests Online—American Association for Clinical Chemistry website. Available at: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/synovial/tab/glance. Updated May 29, 2018. Accessed May 29, 2018.

Zuber TJ. Knee joint aspiration and injection. Am Fam Physician. 2002;66(8):1497-1501.