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Prosthetic Joint Infection Diagnosis



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Slide 13

January 2010

We examined the data separated by erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein based on standard cutoffs of >30 mm/h and >10 mg/L, respectively, as well as cutoffs we optimized using receiver operating curve analysis.  C-reactive protein performed better than erythrocyte sedimentation rate for detection of prosthetic hip implant infection, but neither test performed well for detection of prosthetic shoulder implant infection.  Overall, therefore, C-reactive protein is preferred to erythrocyte sedimentation rate, but neither test performs well for the diagnosis of prosthetic shoulder infection.

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