Definition of periprosthetic joint infection of the hip and new tools for diagnosis

Zachary Shirley, Jose Romero, Kenneth Estrera

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Abstract

A diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection after total hip arthroplasty remains a challenge without a simple solution. It can be difficult to distinguish from aseptic failure of a total hip but is a significantly worse complication. Recent research has gone into attempting to find a cost-effective laboratory test or imaging modality that can assist in definitive diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection, but there is no single most effective test as of yet. There are several promising possibilities arising from a variety of serum and synovial laboratory values, including alpha-defensin and leukocyte esterase tests. This review provides information on the most recent advances in the literature with regards to diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection after total hip arthroplasty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-271
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Orthopaedic Practice
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • criteria
  • diagnosis total hip infection
  • infected total hip arthroplasty
  • prosthetic joint infection diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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