Infections Associated with Long-Term Prosthetic Devices

Marta Fernandez Sampedro, Robin Patel

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The extensive and ever-increasing use of long-term prosthetic devices has improved quality of life and survival for many patients. Prosthetic device-related infection occurs infrequently but is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Management is challenging, often requiring prolonged antimicrobial therapy and surgical intervention. Better understanding of the interaction between microorganisms, devices, and the host should improve the ability to manage device-related infections. This article reviews recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of infections associated with indwelling medical devices, highlighting those associated with prosthetic joints, cerebrospinal fluid shunts, and prosthetic heart valves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-819
Number of pages35
JournalInfectious Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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