Propionibacterium persists in the skin despite standard surgical preparation.

  title={Propionibacterium persists in the skin despite standard surgical preparation.},
  author={Michael J. Lee and Paul Pottinger and Susan M. Butler-Wu and Roger Eugene Bumgarner and Stacy M. Russ and Frederick A. Matsen},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  volume={96 17},
BACKGROUND Propionibacterium acnes, which normally resides in the skin, is known to play a role in surgical site infection in orthopaedic surgery. Studies have suggested a persistence of propionibacteria on the skin surface, with rates of positive cultures ranging from 7% to 29% after surgical preparation. However, as Propionibacterium organisms normally reside in the dermal layer, these studies may underestimate the true prevalence of propionibacteria after surgical skin preparation. We… CONTINUE READING


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