Patrick Kilmartin

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BACKGROUND The diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection remains a challenge. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the combined measurement of the levels of two synovial fluid biomarkers, α-defensin and C-reactive protein (CRP), for the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection. METHODS One hundred and forty-nine synovial fluid aspirates,(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) remains a serious clinical challenge. There is a pressing need for improved diagnostic testing methods; biomarkers offer one potentially promising approach. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES We evaluated the diagnostic characteristics of 16 promising synovial fluid biomarkers for the diagnosis of PJI. (More)
BACKGROUND The alpha-defensin test has been previously demonstrated to be highly accurate in the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection (PJI), nearly matching the Musculoskeletal Infection Society definition for PJI. However, the relationship between alpha-defensin levels and differing infecting organism has not yet been investigated. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES(More)
BACKGROUND Synovial fluid biomarkers have demonstrated diagnostic accuracy surpassing the currently used diagnostic tests for periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). QUESTIONS/PURPOSES The purpose of this study is to directly compare the sensitivity and specificity of the synovial fluid α-defensin immunoassay to the leukocyte esterase (LE) colorimetric test(More)
Background The diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) remains a serious clinical challenge. There is a pressing need for improved diagnostic testing methods; biomarkers offer one potentially promising approach. Questions/purposes We evaluated the diagnostic characteristics of 16 promising synovial fluid biomarkers for the diagnosis of PJI.(More)
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