Revision of septic total knee arthroplasty

M. A. Jacobs, D. S. Hungerford, K. A. Krackow, D. W. Lennox

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Nine patients with septic total knee arthroplasties (TKA) were treated between 1980 and 1984; six were gram-positive infections and three were gram-negative. Initial treatment included the maintenance of all solidly fixed components. Patients with loose components were treated with removal of all prosthetic material and subsequent reimplantation after a six-week course of antibiotics. At follow-up examination six of nine patients had satisfactory results. One patient maintained his original femoral and tibial components and one patient required a knee fusion to treat his recurrent gram-negative infection. Overall, complications were associated with chronic infection, gram-negative infection, and abnormalities of the extensor mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-166
Number of pages8
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number238
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Jacobs, M. A., Hungerford, D. S., Krackow, K. A., & Lennox, D. W. (1989). Revision of septic total knee arthroplasty. Clinical orthopaedics and related research, (238), 159-166.