Volume 3, 2017
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||11 April 2017|
Prosthetic joint and implant contamination caused by Ralstonia pickettii: a report of three cases٭
Internal Medicine Residency Program, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, 1403 – 29 St. NW, North Tower, Office 933, Calgary, Alberta
T2N 2T9, Canada
2 Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1, Canada
3 Medical Microbiology, University of Calgary, 9-3535 Research Road NW, Calgary, Alberta T2L 2K8, Canada
4 Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1, Canada
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 20 February 2017
We describe three cases of orthopaedic contamination caused by Ralstonia pickettii grown from prosthetic joint and implant material cultures following sonication in the microbiology laboratory. Given the temporal association between the cases, lack of clinical or intra-operative features of infection, growth of the organism in the water bath, and unlikely etiology of Ralstonia as a prosthetic joint or implant pathogen, the bacteria were judged to be contaminants.
Key words: Prosthetic joint infection / Contamination / Ralstonia / Ultrasonicator / Sonication
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