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Indications and future perspectives of a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided double-needle joint lavage


1 Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India; Morphological Madrid Research Center, Madrid, Spain
2 Morphological Madrid Research Center, Madrid, Spain; Medical-Geriatric Department, Division of Rheumatology, University Hospital AOU Careggi, Florence, Italy
3 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Taiwan University Hospital, Bei-Hu Branch, Taipei, Taiwan
4 Morphological Madrid Research Center; Department of Anesthesia and Reanimation, Hospital Universitario Mostoles, Madrid, Spain

Correspondence Address:
Felice Galluccio,
SOD Reumatologia, AOU Careggi Ponte Nuovo PAD. 28C - Via Delle Oblate, 4, 50141 Firenze (FI)

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Arthroscopic joint lavage was proposed as a treatment option for different joint conditions such as septic or inflammatory arthritis. Ultrasound (US) is today considered a fundamental tool in musculoskeletal diseases as for diagnostic and guide for interventional procedures such as synovial fluid sampling and drug injections. To enable faster recovery and to have an alternative to surgery, to reduce risks and costs, we performed an US-guided double-needle lavage of the shoulder joint. Here, we present two different clinical cases, the first with septic arthritis and the second with recalcitrant gouty arthritis, successfully treated with this technique.


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