In the setting of a dry tap, should lavage with a fluid be performed?

Authors: Faiz Shivji, Riccardo Compagnoni, Ernesto Guerra, Jorge Nuñez, Toni Fraguas

RECOMMENDATION: We recommend against injection of normal saline or other fluids into a joint that did not yield any synovial fluid (dry tap) and is being investigated for a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI); except in certain circumstances (e.g., a dedicated radiologist performing aspirate in a sterile fashion).

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 83%, Disagree: 14%, Abstain: 3% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)

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