Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®

, Volume 471, Issue 12, pp 3822–3829

Are Antibiotics Necessary in Hip Arthroplasty With Asymptomatic Bacteriuria? Seeding Risk With/Without Treatment

  • José Cordero-Ampuero
  • Enrique González-Fernández
  • David Martínez-Vélez
  • Jaime Esteban
Symposium: 2012 International Hip Society Proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/s11999-013-2868-z

Cite this article as:
Cordero-Ampuero, J., González-Fernández, E., Martínez-Vélez, D. et al. Clin Orthop Relat Res (2013) 471: 3822. doi:10.1007/s11999-013-2868-z



In patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria undergoing hip arthroplasty, the risk of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) and appropriateness of specific antibiotics are unclear.


We determined (1) the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria; and (2) the incidence of PJI in patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria managed with or without specific antibiotics.


We conducted a prospective, randomized study of all 471 patients without urinary symptoms receiving a total hip arthroplasty (THA; n = 228; average age 68 years; 122 female) or hemiarthroplasty (HA; n = 243; average age 85 years; 170 female) between April 2009 and November 2010. No patients were catheterized in the perioperative period and all received intravenous cefazolin (allergy, vancomycin) for 48 hours postoperatively. Urinalysis was conducted on all patients; if abnormal, a urine culture was performed. Patients with bacteriuria (> 100,000 colonies/mL cultured) were randomly assigned to receive specific antibiotics (Group A) or not (Group B). Minimum followup was 1 month including those six who died or were lost to followup (average, 10.4 months; range, 1–12 months).


Asymptomatic bacteriuria occurred in eight of 228 patients undergoing THAs (three of eight with specific antibiotics) and 38 of 243 patients undergoing HAs (23 of 38 with specific antibiotics). Arthroplasty infection after 3 months occurred in one of 228 patients undergoing THAs and 12 of 243 patients undergoing HAs (six of 117 in Group A and six of 126 in Group B); bacteria cultured from the wound were dissimilar to those cultured in urine samples in any case. No patient presented signs of PJI by 1 year after the index surgery.


We identified no case of PJI from urinary origin in patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria whether or not they had been treated with specific antibiotics.

Level of Evidence

Level IV, therapeutic study. See Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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© The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons® 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • José Cordero-Ampuero
    • 1
  • Enrique González-Fernández
    • 2
  • David Martínez-Vélez
    • 2
  • Jaime Esteban
    • 3
  1. 1.Orthopaedic Surgery DepartmentUniversity Hospital La PrincesaMadridSpain
  2. 2.Orthopaedic Surgery DepartmentUniversity Hospital La PrincesaMadridSpain
  3. 3.Microbiology DepartmentFundación Jiménez DíazMadridSpain