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Laura Prieto-Borja, Graciela Rodriguez-Sevilla, Alvaro Auñon, Concepción Pérez-Jorge, Enrique Sandoval, Joaquín Garcia-Cañete, Ignacio Gadea, Ricardo Fernandez-Roblas, Antonio Blanco, Jaime Esteban
BACKGROUND: The development of sonication protocols over the last few years has improved the sensitivity of conventional cultures for the diagnosis of prosthetic-joint infection (PJI). However, the development of a new, specifically designed kit for the molecular diagnosis of PJI could provide a major improvement in this field. METHODS: Prostheses retrieved from patients who underwent implant removal from May 2014 to May 2015 were sent for culture, and processed according to a previously defined protocol that included sonication...
October 18, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
Olivier Borens, Pablo S Corona, Lars Frommelt, Stergios Lazarinis, Michael Richard Reed, Carlo Luca Romano
Total Joint Arthroplasty (TJA) continues to gain acceptance as the standard of care for the treatment of severe degenerative joint disease, and is considered one of the most successful surgical interventions in the history of medicine. A devastating complication after TJA is infection. Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), represents one of the major causes of failure and remains a significant challenge facing orthopaedics today. PJI usually requires additional surgery including revision of the implants, fusion or amputations causing tremendous patient suffering but also a heavy health economics burden...
October 19, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Daniel Pérez-Prieto, María E Portillo, Lluís Puig-Verdié, Albert Alier, Carlo Gamba, Pau Guirro, Santos Martínez-Díaz, Juan P Horcajada, Andrej Trampuz, Joan C Monllau
BACKGROUND: Culture negative prosthetic joint infections (PJI) still remain an issue even with the advantages of the new diagnostic tools for PJI. This is why some orthopedic surgeons have reservations relative to the use of preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis when a PJI is suspected. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the influence of preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis on intraoperative cultures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An enhanced diagnostic protocol for PJI (Zimmerli criteria) was used for the inclusion criteria in order to collect all PJI that were seen in a university hospital...
September 23, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
E Fiaux, M Titecat, O Robineau, J Lora-Tamayo, Y El Samad, M Etienne, N Frebourg, N Blondiaux, B Brunschweiler, F Dujardin, E Beltrand, C Loiez, V Cattoir, J P Canarelli, C Hulet, M Valette, S Nguyen, F Caron, H Migaud, E Senneville
BACKGROUND: Outcome of patients with streptococcal prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) is not well known. METHODS: We performed a retrospective multicenter cohort study that involved patients with total hip/knee prosthetic joint (THP/TKP) infections due to Streptococcus spp. from 2001 through 2009. RESULTS: Ninety-five streptococcal PJI episodes (50 THP and 45 TKP) in 87 patients of mean age 69.1 ± 13.7 years met the inclusion criteria...
October 13, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Leif Claassen, Sarah Ettinger, Marc-Frederic Pastor, Stefan Budde, Henning Windhagen, Thilo Floerkemeier
INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic algorithm in cases of assumed low-grade infection after total knee arthroplasty is discussed controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of neosynovium biopsies via knee arthroscopies in predicting a periprosthetic knee joint infection (PJI). METHODS: From 2010 to 2015, 56 consecutive patients received a diagnostic arthroscopy of the knee joint by reason of an assumed PJI. In 34 cases, a revision arthroplasty was performed after the diagnostic arthroscopy...
October 12, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Salvatore J Frangiamore, Anas Saleh, Matthew J Grosso, Mario Farias Kovac, Xiaochun Zhang, Thomas M Daly, Thomas W Bauer, Kathleen A Derwin, Joseph P Iannotti, Eric T Ricchetti
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) after shoulder arthroplasty can present a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. This study evaluated the diagnostic utility of broader synovial fluid cytokine analysis for identifying PJI in patients undergoing revision shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: Synovial fluid levels of 9 cytokines (interleukin [IL] 6, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, IL-1β, IL-12, IL-2, IL-8, interferon-γ, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor-α) were measured in 75 cases of revision shoulder arthroplasty with a multiplex immunoassay...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Jakrapun Pupaibool, Eric J Fulnecky, Robert L Swords, William W Sistrunk, Alastair D Haddow
PURPOSE: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) continues to be a significant complication after total joint arthroplasty. Diagnosis of PJI can be challenging and elusive in the absence of a gold standard. This purpose of this article is to review the current evidence on the utility of serum and synovial fluid biomarkers to help aid in the diagnosis of PJI with focusing on synovial fluid alpha-defensin. METHODS: Articles and data for this review were identified by searches of PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE up to June 1, 2016...
October 7, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Alberto V Carli, F Patrick Ross, Samrath J Bhimani, Scott R Nodzo, Mathias P G Bostrom
➤The poor treatment outcomes for periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) reflect the limited understanding that currently exists regarding the pathogenesis of this devastating clinical problem.➤Current animal models of PJI are limited in their translational nature primarily because of their inability to recreate the periprosthetic environment.➤A greater mechanistic understanding of the musculoskeletal and immune systems of small animals, such as mice and rats, provides a more robust platform for modeling and examining the pathogenesis of PJI...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
H-R Choi, K Agrawal, H Bedair
AIMS: We hypothesised that the synovial white blood cell (WBC) count in patients with a late periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) of the hip would depend on the duration of a patient's symptoms, and that the optimal diagnostic threshold would also depend on this period of time. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The synovial WBC count and percentage of polymorphonuclear cells (%PMN), and the serum CRP and ESR levels obtained > six weeks after primary THA were compared between 50 infected and 88 non-infected THAs, and in patients with symptoms for more than or less than two weeks...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
Viktor Janz, Georgi I Wassilew, Carsten F Perka, Benjamin Bartek
BACKGROUND: It is currently unclear if an isolated exchange of the mobile components, in cases of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), leads to a complete eradication of all bacteria or if residual bacteria remain attached to the retained components? OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate if bacteria only adhere to certain components or materials, or if they are ubiquitously distributed throughout the joint. METHODS: Twenty hundred and eighty four patients undergoing revision total hip or total knee arthroplasty surgery were included in this retrospective cohort study...
September 23, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
J W P Kuiper, S Vos, T J Burger, S Colen
Recently, guidelines regarding diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) have been published, but it is unknown how well these are -followed in the Netherlands and Belgium. Therefore, a survey study was performed in the Netherlands and Belgium. 81 orthopedic departments responded (54% in the Netherlands, 52% in Belgium). The majority used protocols for antibiotic and surgical treatment. To discriminate between early and late infection, differences in periods used were seen between respondents, and between countries...
August 2016: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
R Pushkin, Maria Iglesias-Ussel, Keedy Kara, C MacLauchlin, D R Mould, R Berkowitz, S Kreuzer, R Darouiche, D Oldach, P Fernandes
BACKGROUND:  Fusidic acid (FA) has been used for decades for bone infection, including prosthetic joint infection (PJI), often in combination with rifampin (RIF). An FA/RIF pharmacokinetic interaction has not previously been described. METHODS:  In a phase 2 open-label randomized study, we evaluated oral FA/RIF versus standard of care (SOC) IV antibiotics for treatment of hip or knee PJI. Outcome assessment occurred at re-implantation (week 12) for subjects with 2-stage exchange; and after 3 or 6 months of treatment for subjects with hip or knee debride and retain strategies, respectively...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
S Tevell, B Hellmark, Å Nilsdotter-Augustinsson, B Söderquist
Further knowledge about the clinical and microbiological characteristics of prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) caused by different coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) may facilitate interpretation of microbiological findings and improve treatment algorithms. Staphylococcus capitis is a CoNS with documented potential for both human disease and nosocomial spread. As data on orthopaedic infections are scarce, our aim was to describe the clinical and microbiological characteristics of PJIs caused by S. capitis...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Georgios K Triantafyllopoulos, Vasileios Soranoglou, Stavros G Memtsoudis, Lazaros A Poultsides
Periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) of the hip and the knee are grossly classified as early post-operative, acute hematogenous and late chronic infections. Whereas two-stage exchange arthroplasty is the standard of care in North America for treating chronic infections, irrigation and debridement (I and D) with retention of implants has been used in an attempt to treat the other two types of PJIs. The rationale of this approach is that a PJI may be eradicated without the need of explanting the prostheses, as long as it has not transitioned into a chronic state...
September 18, 2016: World Journal of Orthopedics
Philipp Born, Thomas Ilchmann, Werner Zimmerli, Lukas Zwicky, Peter Graber, Peter E Ochsner, Martin Clauss
Background and purpose - The use of uncemented revision stems is an established option in 2-stage procedures in patients with periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) after total hip arthroplasty (THA). However, in 1-stage procedures, they are still rarely used. There are still no detailed data on radiological outcome after uncemented 1-stage revisions. We assessed (1) the clinical outcome, including reoperation due to persistent infection and any other reoperation, and (2) the radiological outcome after 1- and 2-stage revision, using an uncemented stem...
September 23, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
H Liu, Y Zhang, L Li, H C Zou
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a catastrophic complication after total joint arthroplasty. It has always been difficult to diagnose PJI, which is characterised by existence of biofilm around the implants. The application of sonication has proven advantageous for pathogen detection. This meta-analysis of clinical trials was performed to evaluate the diagnostic value of sonication and to compare it with traditional bacterial culture. We assessed 16 studies that evaluated sonication fluid cultures (SFC) for the diagnosis of PJI...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Georgios K Triantafyllopoulos, Stavros G Memtsoudis, Wei Zhang, Yan Ma, Thomas P Sculco, Lazaros A Poultsides
BACKGROUND: Two-stage exchange arthroplasty remains the preferred method for treating a chronic periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) in North America. However, infection recurrence may occur. Previously, recurrent infections have been classified as persistent (same isolated pathogen) or new (different pathogen identified). We sought to determine (1) recurrence rates among patients with chronic hip and knee PJI, treated with 2-stage exchange arthroplasty; (2) risk factors for infection recurrence; and (3) risk factors for developing persistent vs new infection...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
W J Metsemakers, R Kuehl, T F Moriarty, R G Richards, M H J Verhofstad, O Borens, S Kates, M Morgenstern
One of the most challenging complications in trauma surgery is infection after fracture fixation (IAFF). IAFF may result in permanent functional loss or even amputation of the affected limb in patients who may otherwise be expected to achieve complete, uneventful healing. Over the past decades, the problem of implant related bone infections has garnered increasing attention both in the clinical as well as preclinical arenas; however this has primarily been focused upon prosthetic joint infection (PJI), rather than on IAFF...
September 11, 2016: Injury
Sufian S Ahmad, Roland Becker, Antonia F Chen, Sandro Kohl
PURPOSE: Due to the juvenility of research in the field of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), approaches employed for diagnosis of PJI vary amongst surgeons in different geographic regions. The aim of this study was to determine common diagnostic approaches utilized by European knee arthroplasty surgeons for the diagnosis of PJI. METHODS: A task force was established for questionnaire development, consisting of surgeons and clinical researchers who each had a record of publishing in the field of PJI...
October 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
J Lourtet-Hascoët, A Bicart-See, M P Félicé, G Giordano, E Bonnet
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) due to Staphylococcus lugdunensis and to compare these to the characteristics of PJI due to Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. METHODS: A retrospective multicentre study including all consecutive cases of S. lugdunensis PJI (2000-2014) was performed. Eighty-eight cases of staphylococcal PJI were recorded: 28 due to S. lugdunensis, 30 to S...
September 5, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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