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Prosthetic Joint Infection: Case Study and Review of Diagnosis and Management

Moehring, Rebekah W. MD; Anderson, Deverick J. MD, MPH

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318255d546
Review Articles

Abstract: Surgical site infections are an infrequent but devastating complication of surgeries involving placement of prosthetic joints. Management of prosthetic joint infections can be prolonged and complicated, requiring close collaboration between infectious disease and orthopedic specialists. We present a typical case of hip prosthesis infection and review the clinical presentation, diagnosis, as well as surgical and medical management.

Author Information

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Correspondence to: Rebekah W. Moehring, MD, PO Box 102359 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Dr Anderson is supported by a grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program, the National Institutes of Health (NIAID–1K23AI095357-01), Merck, Inc, and Pfizer, Inc. He participates in the Speaker’s Bureau for Merck, Inc, and receives royalties from UpToDate Online.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.