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Prosthetic Septic Arthritis Secondary to Prevotella bivia Bacteremia in a Patient With Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Nseir, Bacel MD*; Cutrona, Anthony F. MD, FACP, FIDSA†

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318146177f
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Prevotella bivia is gram-negative anaerobic bacteria previously classified in the genus Bacteroides and usually reported in obstetric and gynecologic infections. To our knowledge, there has been only 2 descriptions of infectious arthritis secondary to this bacterium. We report the first case of a spontaneous prosthetic septic arthritis caused by Prevotella bivia in a patient with long-lasting polymyalgia rheumatica.

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*Department of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, and †Infecftious Disease Division, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine/Western Reserve Care System, Youngstown, OH.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Bacel Nseir, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Northside Medical Center, 500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44505. E-mail:

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