How to Reliably Diagnose a PJI

    Dr. Scott Sporer discusses the issues surrounding the diagnosis and management of periprosthetic joint infections.

    Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a devastating complication of total knee and total hip arthroplasty and the most common reason for revision procedures. A PJI causes significant morbidity for the patient and significant costs for the healthcare system.

    One of the keys to successfully managing a PJI is quickly diagnosing the infection and initiating appropriate treatment – which may not be so easy, as there is no single diagnostic test to confirm the infection.

    We recently spoke with Scott M. Sporer, MD, from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, about the issues surrounding PJI. He shared his thoughts on the challenges of reliably diagnosing PJI, his preferred treatment options, and steps surgeons can take perioperatively to minimize the risk of PJI.

    Click the images below to hear Dr. Sporer’s comments.

    Diagnosing PJI

    Treating PJI

    Common Errors in Diagnosing and Treating PJI

    Minimizing the risk of PJI

    Producer: Michael Szuch; Director: Michael Bugera; Post Production: Charles Maynard