How can superficial surgical site infections (SSIs) be differentiated from deep SSIs (i.e., periprosthetic joint infections (PJIs))?

Authors: Konstantinos Malizos, Georgios Komnos, Antonios Koutalos

RECOMMENDATION: There is no single objective clinical test or imaging approach established for the differentiation between a superficial SSI, a deep SSI and a PJI. We recommend that clinical evaluation, workup for infection and early joint aspiration should guide the decision.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 96%, Disagree: 3%, Abstain: 1% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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