The value of pre-operative aspiration in the diagnosis of an infected prosthetic knee: a retrospective study and review of literature.


The purpose of this study was to compare the results of cultures of preoperative aspiration samples with those of swabs taken intra-operatively. The records of 70 revision arthroplasties of the knee from 69 patients, 49 females and 20 males, were reviewed. The mean age of the patients at time of revision arthroplasty was 67 years (range: 34 to 89). Sixty… (More)

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