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J Bone Jt Infect. 2019 Aug 6;4(4):189-193. doi: 10.7150/jbji.32471. eCollection 2019.

Gardnerella vaginalis, from the Vaginal Microbiota to Prosthetic Joint Infection.

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1
Service de Médecine Interne et Rhumatologie, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France.
2
Centre de Référence des Infections Ostéo-Articulaires Complexes, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France.
3
Laboratoire des Centres de Santé et Hôpitaux d'Île-de-France, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France.
4
Service de Chirurgie Osseuse et Traumatologique, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France.

Abstract

We describe two cases of chronic Gardnerella vaginalis prosthetic hip infections, in an immunocompetent postmenopausal woman and a young immunocompromised woman. G. vaginalis was also isolated from the genital tract, suggesting hematogenous spread of the bacterium. Outcomes were favorable after one-stage exchange arthroplasty and prolonged antibiotic therapy.

KEYWORDS:

Gardnerella vaginalis; hematogenous infection; prosthetic joint infection; vaginosis

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

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