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Chondrolysis After Continuous Infusion Of Local Anesthetics

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, APRN, BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2010 - Volume 110 - Issue 3 - p 56
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000368958.11129.30
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* A possible association between continuous postoperative intraarticular infusion of local anesthetics and chondrolysis has been reported.

* The infusions were administered with elastomeric infusion devices in patients who had undergone orthopedic (mostly shoulder) surgery.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is the course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: dianea@son.jhmi.edu.

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