Korean J Sports Med.  2012 Dec;30(2):148-151. 10.5763/kjsm.2012.30.2.148.

A Case of Deep Vein Thrombosis in Common Iliac Vein after Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, National Health Insurance Corporation Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. orthomania@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Knee arthroscopy is generally considered a very safe operation with very high success rates. Few reported cases of complications arising from only arthroscopic partial meniscectomy include deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. In this study, we present the case of a 44-year-old female patient with complications of deep vein thrombosis arising after undergoing an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. Eight days post-operation, the patient presented with pain and swelling of the lower limb and inguinal area of the same side as the operation and was diagnosed by computed tomography scan with deep vein thrombosis. Apart from obesity, the patient presented with no other risk factors for deep vein thrombosis. The patient was given heparin treatment and discharged once her symptoms were relieved.


Arthroscopy; Venous thrombosis; Common iliac vein
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