What are the types of prosthetic joint infection (PJI)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Three major types of prosthetic joint infections exist: (1) those that occur early, within 3 months of implantation; (2) those that are delayed, within 3-24 months of implantation; and (3) those that occur later than 24 months following the implantation. Most cases of early prosthetic joint infection are caused by S aureus, whereas delayed infections are due to coagulase-negative S aureus (CoNS) and gram-negative aerobes. Both of these types are acquired in the operating room. Late cases of prosthetic joint infection are secondary to hematogenous spread from various infectious foci. [19, 20]

See also Pediatric Septic Arthritis, Pediatric Septic Arthritis Surgery, and Septic Arthritis Surgery.

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