Author(s): Wolfgang GL
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Abstract Delayed onset tuberculosis infection appeared in a total knee implant in a 61-year-old former coal miner. After a five-day interval the knee was salvaged by removal, aggressive debridement, suction-irrigation, and reinsertion. Antituberculosis drugs were administered immediately following surgery on the basis of the characteristic exudate and stat histologic sections showing granulomata formation. At one year follow-up examination the result was excellent. Retention of the total knee implant is a viable alternative to arthrodesis or fibrous ankylosis of the knee in such a case. Tuberculosis should be included in the differential diagnosis in patients with knee joint degenerative disease.
This article was published in Clin Orthop Relat Res
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology