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. 1998 Sep;80(5):909-11.
doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.80b5.8708.

C-reactive Protein Level After Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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C-reactive Protein Level After Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

J White et al. J Bone Joint Surg Br. .

Abstract

Our study has determined the response of C-reactive protein (CRP) after total knee replacement (TKR). The peak level occurs on the second postoperative day and is significantly greater than that after total hip replacement (THR). The level returns to normal at similar times after both procedures. The physiological response to TKR as measured by the area under the CRP/time curve is significantly greater than that after THR. Rising CRP levels after the third postoperative day may indicate a complication of surgery such as infection.

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