Study: Hematoma Aspiration Does Not Reduce Pain in Ankle Fracture

Terry Stanton

A study to determine whether aspiration of hematoma and hemarthrosis in an ankle fracture would decrease pain and the need for pain medication found that aspiration did not result in decreased pain scores or opioid usage in patients.

The results of the prospective, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial were presented by S. Andrew Sems, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, at the 2014 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.

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