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ACE Report #7289
Ace Report Cover Foot & Ankle

OTA 2014: Aspiration vs. sham aspiration of hemarthrosis in acute ankle fracture

Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Does Ankle Aspiration for Acute Ankle Fractures Result in Pain Relief? A Prospective Randomized Double-Blinded Placebo-Controlled Trial

Contributing Authors: TJ Ewald PK Holte JR Cass WW Cross III A Sems

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This ACE Report is a summary of a conference presentation or abstract. The information provided has limited the ability to provide an accurate assessment of the risk of bias or the overall quality. Please interpret the results with caution as trials may be in progress and select results may have been presented.


109 patients with an ankle fracture (OTA type 44) and presenting within 24 hours of injury were randomized to undergo either ankle aspiration or sham treatment (control) where no fluid was removed. This study aimed to examine whether or not aspiration of hemarthrosis would reduce pain and use of narcotic pain medication in patients with acute ankle fractures. Results revealed no significant differ...

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