The isolation of bacteria of low pathogenicity from faulty orthopaedic implants

Whyte, W. , Hodgson, R., Tinkler, J. and Graham, J. (1981) The isolation of bacteria of low pathogenicity from faulty orthopaedic implants. Journal of Hospital Infection, 2, pp. 219-230. (doi: 10.1016/0195-6701(81)90041-4) (PMID:6174589)

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This paper reports six years' experience in the isolation of bacteria from aspirations and wounds of operations performed because of faulty hip or knee implants. Fifty-one cases are reported, of which nine yielded organisms regarded as pathogens (including Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus spp., Escherichia coli and Streptococcus faecalis) while 42 yielded organisms normally considered to be of low pathogenicity or non-pathogenic, including 23 Staph. epidermidis, 12 anaerobic diphtheroids ( Propionibacterium spp.) and seven Gram-positive anaerobic cocci ( Peptococcus spp. and Peptostreptococcus spp.). The same types of bacteria have an ‘opportunist’ pathogenic role on prosthetic heart valves and ventricular-atrial shunts and the evidence suggests that they also cause pathological effects in the site of some joint prostheses. A more thorough bacteriological examination for their presence is recommended.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whyte, Dr William
Authors: Whyte, W., Hodgson, R., Tinkler, J., and Graham, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Hospital Infection
ISSN (Online):1532-2939

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