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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 509-513

Microbiological profile of infections of the hip joint: An Indian perspective

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Clinical Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. T D Hariharan
Department of Orthopaedics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_20_31

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Background: Knowledge of the local microbiological epidemiology helps in formulating protocols for appropriate treatment of hip infections. The aim of this study was to profile the organisms cultured from infected hips. Methods: The microbiological profile and sensitivity pattern of organisms in eighty infected hips were reviewed. Results: Infection was secondary to arthroplasty in 35, fracture surgery in 34 and primary septic arthritis in 11. Twenty percent of the infections were polymicrobial, whereas the rest were monomicrobial. Fifty-five percent were Gram-positive, of which 45% were Staphylococcus species (36% methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, 20% methicillin-resistant S. aureus, and 44% coagulase sensitive Staphylococcal species). All Staphylococcus species were sensitive to vancomycin, but 20% of Enterococcus species were resistant to vancomycin. One-third of the Enterococcus species and 2% of Staphylococcus species were resistant to teicoplanin. Escherichia coli (n = 10) and Pseudomonas sp. (n = 13) were the most common Gram-negative organism. Although 18% of the Gram-negative organisms were carbapenem resistant, all were sensitive to colistin. Conclusion: Staphylococcus sp. was the most common pathogen found in hip infections. However, the high incidence of Gram-negative infection requires that prophylactic antibiotics cover these organisms as well. The high resistance to first-line antibiotics should be taken into consideration while making protocols. The knowledge of the microbial profile is especially important when considering arthroplasty for arthritis secondary to hip infections.


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