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Prosthetic Joint Infection Diagnosis



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C-Reactive Protein Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

Slide 11

January 2010

The most frequent symptom of prosthetic joint infection is pain.  In infection caused by virulent bacteria, patients typically present with local and systemic signs and symptoms.  In contrast, chronic infection is generally characterized by subtle signs and symptoms, often not suggestive of infection, such as persistent pain alone, accompanied by loosening of the prosthesis at the bone-cement interface, and sometimes by sinus tract formation with discharge.  Infections due to hematogenous seeding of the implant can occur at anytime postoperatively, typically presenting with sudden onset of joint pain.

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate

 


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