Lactobacillus as a rare cause of an infected total knee replacement: a case report

Navraj Atwal, Akintunde George, Ben Squires, Clayton H Marsh

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INTRODUCTION: We report a rare case of an infected revision total knee replacement as a result of a Lactobacillus species infection. Lactobacillus infections have been associated with prolonged broad-spectrum antibiotic use. This can have implications in revision surgery, especially when patients have been on previous long-term suppressive antibiotic therapy.

CASE PRESENTATION: An 81-year-old British man with a previous history of complex revision knee arthroplasty for infection presented with a hot, swollen knee joint. He had previously been on long-term suppressive antibiotic therapy. Aspiration of the knee joint yielded a culture of Lactobacillus species.

CONCLUSION: In patients undergoing revision joint arthroplasty, especially for previous infection, the presence of common and uncommon bacterial species must be excluded and eradicated before further surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7441
JournalCEIBS Case
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2009


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