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Treatment of Prosthetic Joint Infections Associated With Coccidioidomycosis: A Review

Kuberski, Tim MD*; Ianas, Voichita MD†; Ferguson, Thomas MD‡; Nomura, Jim MD§; Johnson, Royce MD∥

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: July 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - pp 252-255
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31820fc869
Review Articles

Prosthetic joint infection associated with coccidioidomycosis is uncommon, and there is no single publication that addresses the treatment of this infection. With the increasing number of prosthetic joint replacements in the Coccidioides endemic area, it is inevitable that there will be more infections associated with prosthetic joints. We reviewed 6 cases of prosthetic joint infections associated with coccidioidomycosis from the literature and clinical practice. The patients and their clinical issues were analyzed and approaches to the treatment of this infection were developed so that physicians can use the information as a guide to therapy, depending on the individual circumstances.

From the *University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ; †University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ; ‡Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI; §Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles and ∥Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Correspondence to: Voichita Ianas, MD, 26 W Orchid Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85021. E-mail: v_ianas@yahoo.com.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.