Should Aspiration of the Ankle With an Antibiotic Spacer Be Performed Prior to Reimplantation?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

RECOMMENDATION: We recommend that aspiration of the ankle with an antibiotic spacer prior to a second-stage reimplantation be strongly considered. Available studies indicate that a positive culture of the aspirate in this setting is predictive of residual infection, while a negative aspirate culture does not rule out infection and should be interpreted in light of other clinical indicators and laboratory values. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus. DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 92%, Disagree: 8%, Abstain: 0% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fuchs, D; Parekh, SG

Published Date

  • July 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 1_suppl

Start / End Page

  • 26S - 27S

PubMed ID

  • 31322941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-7876

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1071100719859569


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States