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Spacer aspiration, C-reactive protein unable to determine timing for TKA

Spacer aspiration, C-reactive protein unable to determine timing for TKA
May 28, 2015

PRAGUE — Neither spacer aspiration nor C-reactive protein-values provided a reliable method for determining the correct timing for total knee arthroplasty reimplantation, according to results presented at the 16th EFORT Congress.

“PMMA [polymethyl methacrylate]-spacer aspiration and the CRP [C-reactive protein] values are insufficient to determine the persistence of infection during two-stage revision arthroplasty,” Bernd Preininger, of the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery in Berlin, Germany, said in his presentation. “Other parameters need to be found and evaluated in order to make decisions and do the timing before reimplantation.”

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