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J Bone Jt Infect. 2018 Oct 4;3(4):203-206. doi: 10.7150/jbji.28146. eCollection 2018.

Successful Debridement of a Knee Joint Prosthesis Infected with Listeria Monocytogenes. Case Report and Review of Current Literature.

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Department of orthopedic surgery, St. Anna hospital, Bogardeind 2, 5664 EH, Geldrop, the Netherlands.
Department of medical microbiology, Laboratory for Pathology and Medical Microbiology (Stichting PAMM), De Run 6250, 5504 DL, Veldhoven, the Netherlands.
Department of Infection control, St. Anna hospital, Bogardeind 2, 5664 EH, Geldrop, the Netherlands.


According to the relevant literature, prosthetic joint infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes require two stage revision surgery or prosthesis removal for a successful outcome. We present the case of a patient who suffered such an infection after Total Knee Replacement surgery and was successfully treated with antibiotics, joint lavage, debridement and retention of the prosthesis.


Debridement and Implant Retention; Knee arthroplasty; Listeria monocytogenes

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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