Laboratory Diagnosis of Prosthetic Joint Infection, Part I

Eric Gomez, Robin Patel

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Abstract

Prosthetic joint infection (PJI), although a rare complication of primary or revision arthroplasty, is reported more frequently as the number patients undergoing arthroplasty increases. Accurate diagnosis of PJI is essential for adequate management and outcome. Although multiple tests have been applied, in some cases, differentiation of PJI from aseptic loosening of the prosthesis remains a challenge. Here, we review the current diagnostic laboratory modalities used for the diagnosis PJI. In Part I of this two-part article, components of the preoperative evaluation of the patient and the histology of the intraoperative evaluation is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Microbiology Newsletter
Volume33
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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