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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 974017, 4 pages
Case Report

Postarthroscopic Infection in the Knee following Medical or Dental Procedures

1Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford University Medical Center Outpatient Center, 450 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063, USA

Received 12 August 2013; Accepted 4 September 2013

Academic Editors: C. D. Moussallem and D. Saragaglia

Copyright © 2013 Kat Swank and Jason L. Dragoo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Knee infection is a relatively rare complication after arthroscopic knee surgery (Babcok et al., 2002), with reported incidences ranging from 0.1% to 3.4% (Babcok et al., 2002 and Bert et al., 2007). Although postoperative dental and surgical procedures were formerly considered a risk factor for infection in arthroplasty patients, the American Dental Association (ADA) and Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) no longer recommend prophylactic antibiotics for patients with prosthetic joints and do not make recommendations concerning patients who have recently undergone arthroscopic surgery (J. M. Bert and T. M. Bert, 2010). We report two patients who had an uncomplicated postoperative course until having a procedure and then developed a septic knee.