Articles | Volume 7, issue 4
J. Bone Joint Infect., 7, 155–162, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/jbji-7-155-2022
J. Bone Joint Infect., 7, 155–162, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/jbji-7-155-2022
Original full-length article
18 Jul 2022
Original full-length article | 18 Jul 2022

Unexpected positive intraoperative cultures (UPIC) at index osseointegration do not lead to increased postoperative infectious events

Jason S. Hoellwarth et al.

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The stoma for transcutaneous osseointegration carries a permanent source of bacterial ingress and infection. The value and role of intraoperative cultures to detect latent bacterial contamination or infection with targeted postoperative antibiotics has not been previously investigated. We compared two cohorts, 8 patients with unexpected positive cultures and 22 patients with negative intraoperative cultures, and found positive cultures do not appear to portend future infectious events.