The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 3, 473 - 476

Preoperative Asymptomatic Leucocyturia and Early Prosthetic Joint Infections in Patients Undergoing Joint Arthroplasty

Gou, Wenlong et al.
Hip Knee

Prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is associated with a higher mortality, morbidity and economic costs. Although it is well known that the presence of urinary tract infection (UTI) is associated with PJI, few investigations evaluated the preoperative asymptomatic leukocyturia (ASL) and the possible relationship with early PJI. We reviewed the records of 739 patients performed primary joint arthroplasty. A total of 131 patients had preoperative ASL (17.7%) and 7 of 739 patients (0.9%) had early PJI. Preoperative ASL was not confirmed as a risk factor for early PJI on the multivariate regression analysis with an adjusted OR of 1.04 (P > 0.05). Therefore, it should not be considered as a reason for postponement of total joint arthroplasty.

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