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Prosthetic Joint Infection Diagnosis


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Unusual Causes of Prosthetic Joint Infection3

Slide 7

January 2010

Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative Staphylococci account for more than half of prosthetic hip and knee infection cases.  Propionibacterium acnes is a common cause of shoulder arthroplasty infection.  Approximately 20% of Prosthetic Joint Infection cases are polymicrobial, most commonly involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or anaerobes. Approximately 7% of cases are culture-negative, often in the context of prior antimicrobial therapy. 

Unusual Causes of Joint Infection3


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