Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
J. Bone Joint Infect., 2, 114–121, 2017
J. Bone Joint Infect., 2, 114–121, 2017

Review 05 Feb 2017

Review | 05 Feb 2017

Candida Prosthetic Joint Infection. A Review of Treatment Methods

Fernando Cobo1, Javier Rodríguez-Granger1, Antonio Sampedro1, Luis Aliaga-Martínez2, and José María Navarro-Marí1 Fernando Cobo et al.
  • 1Department of Microbiology, Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain.

Keywords: Prosthetic joint infection, Candida albicans, arthroplasty, infection, antifungal drugs, surgical treatment

Abstract. Fungal microorganisms are still a rare cause of bone and joint infections. We report a new case of knee prosthetic joint infection due to Candida albicans in a patient with a previous two-stage right knee arthroplasty for septic arthritis due to S. epidermidis occurred several months ago. Moreover, the treatment in 76 cases of Candida prosthetic joint infection has been discussed. Forty patients were female and mean age at diagnosis was 65.7 (± SD 18) yrs. No risk factors for candidal infection were found in 25 patients. Infection site was the knee in 38 patients and hip in 36; pain was present in 44 patients and swelling in 24. The most frequent species was C. albicans, followed by C. parapsilosis. Eleven patients were only treated with antifungal drugs being the outcome favourable in all of them. Two-stage exchange arthroplasty was performed in 30 patients, and resection arthroplasty in other 30; in three patients one-stage exchange arthroplasty was done. A favourable outcome was found in 58 patients after antifungal plus surgical treatment, in 11 after antifungal treatment alone and in one after surgery alone. The type of treatment is still not clearly defined and an algorithm for treatment in fungal PJI should be established, but various types of surgical procedures may be applied.