Shoulder sepsis

Another rare indication for shoulder arthro­scopy is sepsis. The cannula can be used to wash out the shoulder joint copiously. The synovial appearance depends on the length of history but can be quite florid. Following wash­out of the joint, drains can be placed both from the anterior portal and up the arthroscope cannula prior to withdrawal, allowing a con­tinuous irrigation system to be used postopera­tively.

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