Periprosthetic joint infections: a practical overview for family physicians

Eyer, Myriam Marcelle; Sendi, Parham (2014). Periprosthetic joint infections: a practical overview for family physicians. Revue médicale suisse, 10(445), pp. 1871-1875. Médecine & Hygiène

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Periprosthetic joint infection is a rare but serious complication. Its management requires the collaboration between general practitioner, orthopaedic surgeon and infectious disease specialist. A delay in the diagnosis can result in complications, requiring complex surgical procedures. Identification of the causative pathogen and its susceptibility pattern is crucial, because it guides both the choice of antimicrobial treatment and the surgical strategy. Antimicrobial treatment without proper micro- biological sampling must be avoided. Swabs from open wounds are not helpful, because microorganisms belonging to the skin flora will grow. The target audience of this review article on periprosthetic joint infections is the general practitioner.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Infectiology

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Eyer, Myriam Marcelle and Sendi, Parham


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Médecine & Hygiène




Annelies Luginbühl

Date Deposited:

08 Jan 2015 09:36

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08 Jan 2015 09:36

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