Timing of implant-removal in late acute periprosthetic joint infection: A multicenter observational study

Marjan Wouthuyzen-Bakker, Marine Sebillotte, ESCMID Study Group for Implant-Associated Infections (ESGIAI), Jose Lomas, Benjamin Kendrick, Eva Benavent Palomares, Oscar Murillo, Javad Parvizi, Noam Shohat, Javier Cobo Reinoso, Rosa Escudero Sánchez, Marta Fernandez-Sampedro, Eric Senneville, Kaisa Huotari, José Maria Barbero Allende, Antonio Blanco García, Jaime Lora-Tamayo, Matteo Carlo Ferrari, Danguole Vaznaisiene, Erlangga YusufCraig Aboltins, Rihard Trebse, Mauro José Salles, Natividad Benito, Andrea Vila, Maria Dolores Del Toro, Tobias Siegfried Kramer, Sabine Petersdorf, Vicens Diaz-Brito, Zeliha Kocak Tufan, Marisa Sanchez, Cédric Arvieux, Alex Soriano

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OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the treatment outcome in late acute (LA) periprosthetic joint infections (PJI) treated with debridement and implant retention (DAIR) versus implant removal.

METHODS: In a large multicenter study, LA PJIs of the hip and knee were retrospectively evaluated. Failure was defined as: PJI related death, prosthesis removal or the need for suppressive antibiotic therapy. LA PJI was defined as acute symptoms <3 weeks in patients more than 3 months after the index surgery and with a history of normal joint function.

RESULTS: 445 patients were included, comprising 340 cases treated with DAIR and 105 cases treated with implant removal (19% one-stage revision (n = 20), 74.3% two-stage revision (n = 78) and 6.7% definitive implant removal (n = 7). Overall failure in patients treated with DAIR was 45.0% (153/340) compared to 24.8% (26/105) for implant removal (p < 0.001). Difference in failure rate remained after 1:1 propensity-score matching. A preoperative CRIME80-score ≥3 (OR 2.9), PJI caused by S. aureus (OR 1.8) and implant retention (OR 3.1) were independent predictors for failure in the multivariate analysis.

CONCLUSION: DAIR is a viable surgical treatment for most patients with LA PJI, but implant removal should be considered in a subset of patients, especially in those with a CRIME80-score ≥3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Infection
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes

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