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Success Rate of Fungal Peri-Prosthetic Joint Infection Treated by 2-Stage Revision and Potential Risk Factors of Treatment Failure: A Retrospective Study

Zhisen Gao, Xiang Li, Yinqiao Du, Yawen Peng, Wenming Wu, Yonggang Zhou

(Department of Orthopedics, The General Hospital of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Beijing, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24:5549-5557

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.909168


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the success rate of fungal peri-prosthetic joint infection treated by 2-stage revision and related factors of treatment failure to offer a better treatment protocol.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed 18 joints (13 knees and 5 hips) of 17 patients (10 women and 7 men) diagnosed with fungal peri-prosthetic joint infection from January 2000 to June 2015 at our institute. The mean follow-up was 65.1 months (range, 25–129 months). All joints were treated with complete debridement, implantation of antifungal-loaded cement spacers, at least 6 weeks of parenteral antifungal agents, and delayed reimplantation.
RESULTS: Notably, 15 joints were infected with Candida, and molds were isolated in 3 joints. The median duration of resection arthroplasty and reimplantation was 33.9 weeks (range, 12–132 weeks). Thirteen (10 knees and 3 hips, 72.2%) of the 18 joints (13 knees and 5 hips) had no recurrent or persistent infection, while the remaining 5 joints (3 knees and 2 hips, 27.8%) failed to control infection after reimplantation of prosthesis or spacer. The long interval between prosthesis resection and reimplantation (69 weeks vs. 23.1 weeks, p=0.240) and mixed bacterial infection (80% vs. 46.2%, p=0.314) were associated with higher failure rate.
CONCLUSIONS: Debridement with the retention of the prosthesis is not an ideal treatment protocol for fungal peri-prosthetic joint infection; thus, a two-stage revision could be valid. We suggest that 6 weeks of parenteral antifungal agents are necessary, and 6 subsequent weeks of oral antifungal treatment is also important. We do not recommend that the two-stage revision be performed on patients who have more than 2 host risk factors.

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