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Prosthetic Joint Infection Diagnosis


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Prosthetic Hip and Knee Infections United States 1990-2004

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January 2010

Hip and knee arthroplasty are most common.  Shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, and temporomandibular, metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joint replacement are less commonly performed.  Prosthetic joints improve quality of life, but may fail due to aseptic loosening, infection, dislocation, prosthesis or bone fracture, and other causes, necessitating revision or resection arthroplasty.  Prosthetic joint infection, although uncommon is the most serious complication occurring in approximately 2% of knee and 1% of hip arthroplasties.

Prosthetic Hip and Knee Infections


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