[Prolonged effect of intra-articularly administered corticosteroids in combination with arthroscopic lavage in patients with an inflammatory arthritis of the knee]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2008 Sep 6;152(36):1953-5.
[Article in Dutch]


Arthroscopic lavage of a joint with saline followed by the administration of corticosteroids intra-articularly could lead to an improved functioning of the joint. In a recent study published in this issue the results of arthrocentesis with intra-articular administration of corticosteroids was compared with lavage with or without intra-articular administration of corticosteroids in patients with a non-infectious inflammatory arthritis of the knee joint. The results confirm earlier reports, which demonstrated that the beneficial therapeutic effects of corticosteroids administered intra-articularly can be prolonged by a therapeutic lavage in patients with non-infectious inflammatory arthritis, provided the lavage is performed with a sufficient amount of saline.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use*
  • Arthritis / drug therapy
  • Arthritis / pathology
  • Arthritis / therapy*
  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular / methods
  • Knee Joint / pathology*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones