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<i>Propionibacterium acnes</i> Postoperative Shoulder Arthritis: An Emerging Clinical Entity

Pierre Yves Levy, Florence Fenollar, Andreas Stein, Frederic Borrione, Emile Cohen, Bernhard Lebail and Didier Raoult

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 12, pages 1884-1886
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/588477
Propionibacterium acnes Postoperative Shoulder Arthritis: An Emerging Clinical Entity

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The purpose of this study, which involved 276 patients, was to report the importance of Propionibacterium acnes in shoulder infections. The proportion of patients with shoulder infection who had infection due to P. acnes was significantly greater than the proportion of patients with lower limb infection who had infection due to P. acnes (9 of 16 patients vs. 1 of 233 patients; P<.001 ). This bacterium requires a prolonged incubation period and should not be considered to be a contaminant.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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