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


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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