What is included in patient education about joint aspiration (arthrocentesis)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Steven N Berney, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Verbal consent is usually sufficient for joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). The patient should be informed of the risks of the procedure, which include the rare occurrence of bleeding into the joint, fainting, or infection. The risks of not performing arthrocentesis include failure to make the diagnosis and the consequent associated morbidity. Any allergy (eg, to preparation material used or latex gloves) must be investigated.


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