Bone and joint infections in adults: A comprehensive classification proposal

Carlo Luca Romanò, Delia Romanò, Nicola Logoluso, Lorenzo Drago

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Introduction and methods: Ten currently available classifications were tested for their ability to describe a continuous cohort of 300 adult patients affected by bone and joint infections. Each classification only focused, on the average, on 1.3 ± 0.4 features of a single clinical condition (osteomyelitis, implant-related infections, or septic arthritis), being able to classify 34.8 ± 24.7% of the patients, while a comprehensive classification system could describe all the patients considered in the study. Result and conclusion: A comprehensive classification system permits more accurate classification of bone and joint infections in adults than any single classification available and may serve for didactic, scientific, and clinical purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Bone and joint infections (BJIs)
  • Implant-related infection
  • Joint infection
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Septic arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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