The Definition of Prosthetic Joint Infections (PJI)

  • Rihard TrebšeEmail author
  • Andrej Trampuž


It seems simple to define what a PJI is. The problem is that definitions vary depending on the author involved. It has become accepted that the PJI diagnosis is confirmed when there is purulence around the joint, there is a communication between the skin and the implant, and when causative agent(s) are isolated in multiple samples. In this chapter each of these criteria is discussed in some detail to help in diagnosing PJI as unambiguously as possible.


Definitions Pseudotumor Diagnostic criteria Metallosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Bone Infections and Adult ReconstructionsOrthopaedic Hospital ValdoltraAnkaranSlovenia
  2. 2.Division of Infectious Diseases & Septic UnitUniversity Hospital of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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