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J Bone Jt Infect. 2019 Jul 25;4(4):163-166. doi: 10.7150/jbji.36802. eCollection 2019.

Late Spinal Implant Infection caused by Cutibacterium acnes.

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1
Department of Infectious Diseases, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.
2
Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Hygiene, Department of Internal Medicine, Kantonsspital Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland. (Current address).
3
Department for Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Unit, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
4
Institute for Infectious Diseases, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
5
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
6
Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Basel, University Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Cutibacterium spp. have been frequently associated with foreign-body material infections. The vast majority of these infections occur via the exogenous route. Rarely, haematogenous infections occur, possibly seeding from pilosebaceous glands. A late spinal implant-associated infection is presented in this case report, and the possible sources of haematogenous seeding are discussed.

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

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