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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318291c88e
Case Reports

Probiotic-Associated Bifidobacterium Septic Prosthetic Joint Arthritis

Bush, Larry M. MD, FACP*†‡; De Almeida, Kleper N.F. MD†‡; Martin, Gregory MD; Perez, Maria T. MD, FCAP§

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Abstract

Probiotics are claimed to provide some preventative and/or therapeutic health benefits. However, many of these assertions are based on scarce or no objective data. Generally believed to be safe, few adverse events have been associated with their use. We report the first case of septic prosthetic joint arthritis due to Bifidobacterium species presumed secondary to probiotic consumption.

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