This is a report of 3 cases in which a primary infection in a site other than a total hip led to infection in the hip itself. One hip infection appeared to arise in a tooth abscess, a second in the urinary tract, and one from the respiratory tract. All infections resulted in the necessity of removing the components of the total hip. It is suggested that patients who have had previous total hip replacement should be warned to consult their physician when the possibility of an infection is present, and that antibiotic coverage be given during this period of time. Cultures of infected sites should be made in patients who have had total hip replacements, in order that organisms and their sensitivity may be identified in the event that antibiotic therapy is needed, subsequently.
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