Brucella infection in total knee arthroplasty. Case report and revision of the literature.

Enrico Tassinari, Daniele Di Motta, Federico Giardina, Francesco Traina, Marcello De Fine, Aldo Toni

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Abstract

Brucella infection in arthroplasties is a rare event. An unspecific clinical symptomatology is associated with unclear radiographic peri-prosthetic signs of bone halisteresis. Only a positive anamnesis, combined with an antibiogram of the joint liquid and a high serum antibody titre, can lead to a definitive diagnosis. We report a case of Brucella melitensis infection in a total knee arthroplasty implanted 2 years earlier. With the absence of radiological signs of prosthetic loosening and thanks to a systemic antibiotic combined therapy (rifampicin + doxycycline) extended for 8 weeks, we were able to solve the infection avoiding surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalLa Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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