D-Dimer, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, and C-Reactive Protein Sensitivities for Periprosthetic Joint Infection Diagnosis.

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BACKGROUND: There is contradicting evidence on the diagnostic value of inflammatory biomarkers for periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). We sought to quantify the sensitivity of D-dimer for acute and chronic PJI diagnosis and evaluate D-dimer lab values in the 90-day postoperative window in a control cohort of primary joint arthroplasty patients for comparison. METHODS: An institutional database was queried for patients undergoing revision procedures for PJI after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from 2014 to present. CRP, ESR, and D-dimer were collected within 90 days pre and postoperatively and sensitivities for the diagnosis of PJI were calculated. The control group included patients who underwent a negative diagnostic workup for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus (PE) and had a D-dimer lab collected within 90 days postoperatively from primary total joint arthroplasty (TJA). RESULTS: A total of 604 PJI patients were identified, and 81 patients had D-dimer, ESR, and CRP collected. There were 50/81 acute PJI patients and 31/81 chronic PJI patients who had median D-dimer values of 2,136.5 ng/mL [interquartile range (IQR): 1,642-3,966.5] and 3,336 ng/mL [IQR: 1,976-5,594]. Only the chronic PJI group had significantly higher D-dimer values when compared to the control cohort (P = .009). The sensitivity of D-dimer was calculated to be 92% and 93.5% in the acute and chronic PJI groups, respectively. CONCLUSION: Serum D-dimer may not have high diagnostic utility for acute PJI, especially in the setting of recent surgery; however, it still may be useful for patients who have chronic PJI.

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Cited Authors

  • Wixted, CM; Charalambous, LT; Kim, BI; Case, A; Hendershot, EF; Seidelman, JL; Seyler, TM; Jiranek, WA

Published Date

  • December 15, 2022

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 36529198

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8406

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.arth.2022.12.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States