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. 1996 May;78(3):431-3.

Serum C-reactive Protein Levels After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

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Serum C-reactive Protein Levels After Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

R O Niskanen et al. J Bone Joint Surg Br. .

Abstract

Any operation induces an elevation in the level of serum C-reactive protein (CRP). After hip and knee arthroplasty the maximal values are seen on the second and third postoperative days, after which the CRP decreases rapidly. There is no difference between patients with cemented or uncemented prostheses. Major postoperative complications may cause a further increase in CRP levels at one and two weeks.

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