Total Knee Arthroplasty Infected by Brucella melitensis: Septic Loosening and Long-Term Results of Two-Stage Revision Knee ArthroplastyFatih Karaaslan1*, Musa Uğur Mermerkaya1, Sinan Karaoğlu2 and Mehmet Ayvaz3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Fatih Karaaslan
Bozok Universitesi Tip Fakültei
Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Bolumu, Yozgat, Turkey
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Received Date: April 14, 2014; Accepted Date: October 17, 2014; Published Date: October 22,2014
Citation: Karaaslan F, Mermerkaya MU, Karaoglu S, Ayvaz M. Total Knee Arthroplasty Infected by Brucella melitensis: Septic Loosening and Long-Term Results of Two-Stage Revision Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Surgery [Jurnalul de chirurgie] 2014; 10(3):117-120 doi: 10.7438/1584-9341-10-3-8
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Brucella infection associated with arthroplasty is a rare event. An unspecific clinical symptomatology is associated with unclear radiographic signs of periprosthetic bone halisteresis. Only a positive anamnesis combined with an antibiogram of the joint liquid and a high serum antibody titer can lead to a definitive diagnosis. We herein report a case of Brucella melitensis infection in a patient who underwent total knee arthroplasty 2 years earlier. Plain radiography and bone scintigraphy confirmed septic loosening. The patient was successfully treated with two-stage revision arthroplasty.