How is the syringe switched during the performance of shoulder arthrocentesis?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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If the practitioner wants to change the syringe, then the needle hub can be clasped with a hemostat. The hub should be clasped distally because the proximal portion can distort the opening. This technique is useful if corticosteroid injection follows aspiration or if an additional syringe is needed for complete aspiration.


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