Spontaneous hemarthrosis following thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction

Yochai Birnbaum, Bracha Stahl, Eldad Rechavia

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We describe a 45-year-old man who developed a spontaneous hemarthrosis of his right knee following thrombolytic therapy with streptokinase and rtPA for acute myocardial infarction. Surprisingly, despite the wide use of thrombolytic therapy, only four cases of spontaneous hemarthrosis following thrombolysis have been previously reported. Prompt aspiration of the joint, after stopping anticoagulant therapy, and splinting will provide early diagnosis and may prevent further damage to the joint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-290
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 15 Jul 1993


  • Hemarthrosis
  • Streptokinase
  • Thrombolysis
  • Tissue plasminogen activator


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