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Dexamethasone given intravenously may reduce pain after TKA

Published results showed use of IV dexamethasone may be a useful adjunct for controlling pain in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty.

At 12, 15, 18 and 21 hours postoperatively, results showed a significantly lower mean VAS score both at rest and during motion in the dexamethasone group.

“Dexamethasone had not only an antiemetic effect, but it also had an analgesic effect to control pain after TKA for nearly a day,” Tammachote told Healio Orthopedics. “This drug is a good option to be used to control pain after TKA, especially in patients who had kidney disease.”

Tammachote N, et al. J Arthroplasty. 2020;doi:10.1016/j.arth.2019.09.002.

Source:  Healio

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