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Journal of Bone and Joint Infection An open-access journal of the European Bone and Joint Infection Society and the MusculoSkeletal Infection Society
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Volume 4, issue 4
J. Bone Joint Infect., 4, 163–166, 2019
https://doi.org/10.7150/jbji.36802
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
J. Bone Joint Infect., 4, 163–166, 2019
https://doi.org/10.7150/jbji.36802
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Case report 25 Jul 2019

Case report | 25 Jul 2019

Late Spinal Implant Infection caused by Cutibacterium acnes

Valentin Gisler1,2, Lorin Benneker3, and Parham Sendi4,5,6 Valentin Gisler et al.
  • 1Department of Infectious Diseases, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland
  • 2Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Hygiene, Department of Internal Medicine, Kantonsspital Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland. (Current address).
  • 3Department for Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Unit, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • 4Institute for Infectious Diseases, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • 5Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 6Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Basel, University Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Abstract. Cutibacterium spp. have been frequently associated with foreign-body material infections. The vast majority of these infections occur via the exogenous route. Rarely, haematogenous infections occur, possibly seeding from pilosebaceous glands. A late spinal implant-associated infection is presented in this case report, and the possible sources of haematogenous seeding are discussed.

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