Clostridium difficile Infection of a Total Hip Arthroplasty: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Justin Loloi, Oliver Mrowczynski, Benjamin Claxton, Muhammad Abdulbasit, Meredith Schade

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Abstract

CASE: We describe the case of an 85-year-old woman who presented with worsening right hip pain after a conversion hip replacement. Subsequent imaging demonstrated a gas-containing collection in the lateral thigh. She was taken to the operating room for irrigation and debridement, where intraoperative cultures returned positive for Clostridium difficile. Surgical management was followed by a prolonged course of antibiotics. CONCLUSIONS: Clostridium difficile as the etiology of infection in a conversion arthroplasty is exceedingly rare. Orthopaedic surgeons and infectious disease specialists should consider C. diff as a potential cause of infection in conversion hip arthroplasty because management options will need to be tailored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e0266
JournalJBJS case connector
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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