Implant sonication for the diagnosis of prosthetic elbow infection.

  title={Implant sonication for the diagnosis of prosthetic elbow infection.},
  author={Paschalis I Vergidis and Kerryl E. Greenwood-Quaintance and Joaqu{\'i}n S{\'a}nchez-Sotelo and Bernard F. Morrey and Scott P. Steinmann and Melissa J. Karau and Douglas R. Osmon and Jayawant Mandrekar and James M. Steckelberg and Robin Patel},
  journal={Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery},
  volume={20 8},
BACKGROUND Periprosthetic infection is a potentially devastating complication of elbow arthroplasty, associated with formation of microbial biofilm on the implant surface. The definitive microbiologic diagnosis of periprosthetic infection after elbow arthroplasty may be difficult to establish. Our study aim was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of conventional periprosthetic tissue culture and culture of fluid derived from vortexing and bath sonication of the explanted hardware (a biofilm… CONTINUE READING
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