Microbiological Processing of Samples in the Investigation of Suspected Prosthetic Joint Infection

  • David G. Partridge
  • Rob TowsendEmail author


Microbiological diagnosis is the most important issue in the evaluation of a PJI. It guides further treatment. The outcomes of PJI treatment reflect the quality if the initial microbiological assessment. Aspiration and tissue cultures are still the most important samples for microbiological evaluation of PJI. The chapter presents the appropriate workout for the specimens and the potential pitfalls in the sampling and handling of specimens obteined for microbiological analysis.


Sampling Bacterial cultures Identification Susceptibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustSheffieldUK

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