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eISSN: 1643-3750

Orthopedics and biofilm — what do we know? A review

Aristides B. Zoubos, Spyridon P. Galanakos, Panayotis N. Soucacos

Med Sci Monit 2012; 18(6): RA89-96

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.882893

Available online: 2012-06-01

Published: 2012-06-01


Bacteria have been found to grow predominantly in biofilms. The initial stage includes the attachment of bacteria to the substratum. Bacterial growth and division then leads to the colonization of the surrounding area and the formation of the biofilm. The environment in a biofilm is not homogeneous; the bacteria in a multispecies biofilm are not randomly distributed, but rather are organized to best meet their needs.
        Although there is an initial understanding on the mechanisms of biofilm-associated antimicrobial resistance, this topic is still under investigation. A variety of approaches are being explored to overcome biofilm-associated antimicrobial resistance. A greater understanding of biofilm processes should lead to novel, effective control strategies for biofilm control and a resulting improvement in patient management.

Keywords: Orthopedics, Prosthesis-Related Infections - microbiology, Drug Resistance, Bacterial, Colony Count, Microbial, Biofilms - growth & development, Bacteria - metabolism



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