Atypical infection of a total hip endoprosthesis due to Mycobacterium fortuitum: Case report of an infection of a total hip endoprosthesis with Mycobacterium fortuitum

K. Bachfischer, A. Waizenhoefer, L. Gerdesmeyer, R. Gradinger

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Abstract

Only a few cases of infection of an endoprosthesis with mycobacterium fortuitum have been reported, each resulting in functionally unsatisfactory outcomes. We performed a stem revision cementless total hip endoprosthesis six months after primary implantation after the appearance of the typical radiological and clinical signs of aseptic loosening. Histological and molecular-biological analysis of the intra-operative specimens confirmed an infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum. Following antimicrobial therapy, the patient is painfree and fully weight-bearing seven months after replacement. If aseptic loosening of an endoprosthesis is suspected, an infection with Mycobacterium fortuitum should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalHIP International
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Endoprosthesis
  • Infection
  • Mycobacterium fortuitum

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