The Effect of Air Tourniquet on Interleukin-6 Levels in Total Knee Arthroplasty
Kenji Tsunoda, Motoki Sonohata*, Hajime Kugisaki, Shinsuke Someya, Hidefumi Honke, Mitsunori Komine, Masataka Izumi, Shuya Ide, Masaaki Mawatari
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2017
First Page: 20
Last Page: 28
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-11-20
Article History:Received Date: 17/09/2016
Revision Received Date: 17/11/2016
Acceptance Date: 02/12/2016
Electronic publication date: 30/01/2017
Collection year: 2017
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Air tourniquet-induced skeletal muscle injury increases the concentrations of some cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6) in plasma. However, the effect of an air tourniquet on the IL-6 concentrations after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is unclear. We therefore investigated the impact of tourniquet-induced ischemia and reperfusion injury in TKA using the IL-6 level as an index.
Ten patients with primary knee osteoarthrosis who underwent unilateral TKA without an air tourniquet were recruited (Non-tourniquet group). We also selected 10 age- and sex-matched control patients who underwent unilateral TKA with an air tourniquet (Tourniquet group). Venous blood samples were obtained at 3 points; before surgery, 24 h after surgery, and 7 days after surgery.
The following factors were compared between the two groups; IL-6, C-reactive protein (CRP), creatine phosphokinase (CPK), the mean white blood cell (WBC) counts, and the maximum daily body temperatures.
The IL-6 level at 24 h after surgery was significantly higher than that at any other point (p<0.01). No significant differences were observed in the WBC count, the body temperature, or the CRP, CPK, or IL-6 levels of the two groups at any of the time points.
The effect of ischemia and reperfusion due to the use of an air tourniquet on increasing the IL-6 level was much smaller than that induced by surgical stress in TKA.