Bone and Joint Infections in Older Adults

Simon C. Mears, Paul K. Edwards

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Bone and joint infections in the elderly patient include septic native joints, osteomyelitis, and prosthetic joint infection. Infections are difficult to treat and require a team approach. Surgical debridement and intravenous antibiotics are the keys to treatment. Prosthetic joint infections often need a two-stage approach to treatment. First the infected joint is removed and the infection treated, then a second prosthetic joint is placed. Prosthetic joint infection is becoming the most common complication after joint replacement surgery. Outcomes of treatment of bone and joint infections are related to the severity of the infection and condition of the host. Because the elderly are often frail, treatment is challenging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
StateAccepted/In press - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibiotics
  • Biofilm
  • Frailty
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Prosthetic joint infection
  • Septic joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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