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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, 189–193, 2019
https://doi.org/10.7150/jbji.32471
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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J. Bone Joint Infect., 4, 189–193, 2019
https://doi.org/10.7150/jbji.32471
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Case report 06 Aug 2019

Case report | 06 Aug 2019

Gardnerella vaginalis, from the Vaginal Microbiota to Prosthetic Joint Infection

Marion Thomas1, Valérie Zeller1,2, Beate Heym2,3, Vanina Meyssonnier1,2, Simon Marmor2,4, and Jean-Marc Ziza1,2 Marion Thomas et al.
  • 1Service de Médecine Interne et Rhumatologie, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France
  • 2Centre de Référence des Infections Ostéo-Articulaires Complexes, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France
  • 3Laboratoire des Centres de Santé et Hôpitaux d'Île-de-France, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France
  • 4Service de Chirurgie Osseuse et Traumatologique, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France

Keywords: prosthetic joint infection, Gardnerella vaginalis, hematogenous infection, vaginosis

Abstract. We describe two cases of chronic Gardnerella vaginalis prosthetic hip infections, in an immunocompetent postmenopausal woman and a young immunocompromised woman. G. vaginalis was also isolated from the genital tract, suggesting hematogenous spread of the bacterium. Outcomes were favorable after one-stage exchange arthroplasty and prolonged antibiotic therapy.

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