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Fluid temperatures during arthroscopic subacromial decompression using a radiofrequency probe.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19492553     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Our aim was to investigate the temperatures reached in the subacromial space during radiofrequency ablation of the subacromial bursa, in order to see if the probes generate sufficiently high temperatures to cause chondrolysis of the articular surfaces in the glenohumeral joint. We recorded the maximum temperatures in the subacromial space during arthroscopic subacromial decompression on 30 consecutive patients using a sterile digital temperature probe (Series 400, DeRoyal, TN, USA). Both the mean (27.8 degrees C) and maximum (41.8 degrees C) temperatures reached were below the experimental thresholds for chondrocyte damage. At 2 year follow-up we report no cases of chondrolysis or other complications related to the radiofrequency probes and conclude that given the relatively low maximum temperatures generated by the probes the risk of adverse effects is minimal.
Howard Davies; Henry Wynn-Jones; Thomas De Smet; Phillip Johnson; Shameem Sampath; Søren Sjølin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta orthopaedica Belgica     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0001-6462     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Orthop Belg     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-04     Completed Date:  2009-06-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985165R     Medline TA:  Acta Orthop Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich IP4 5PD, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cartilage, Articular / injuries*
Catheter Ablation*
Decompression, Surgical / adverse effects,  instrumentation*
Rotator Cuff / injuries
Shoulder Joint

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