Deep vein thrombosis following arthroscopic meniscal root repair: A case report

Int J Surg Case Rep. 2021 Aug:85:106193. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2021.106193. Epub 2021 Jul 10.


Introduction: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) following arthroscopic surgery is a rare condition, especially arthroscopic meniscal surgery. There have been three reported cases of DVT after arthroscopic meniscal procedure, all related to arthroscopic meniscectomy. In this study, we reported the first case of symptomatic DVT at the level of the femoral vein to the popliteal vein following arthroscopic meniscal root repair.

Case presentation: The case was a 55-year-old Thai female who presented with left knee pain for 2 months after a fall. She was diagnosed as left medial meniscal root injury and had had an arthroscopic meniscal root repair. At 6 weeks post-operatively, she developed left leg swelling without pain. She was diagnosed as DVT and was initially treated with enoxaparin for three days then warfarin for three months.

Conclusion: We report a case of symptomatic DVT that extended from the femoral vein to the popliteal vein after arthroscopic meniscal root repair. The risks of DVT following arthroscopic surgery are aged more than 40 years old and tourniquet time more than 60 min.

Keywords: Arthroscopic surgery; Deep vein thrombosis; Femoral vein.