Is it possible to have an isolated infection of only a portion of the joint (for example the femur and not the acetabulum, or tibia and not the femur)?

Authors: Derek Ward, Yona Kosashvili
RECOMMENDATION: Unknown. Infection of a prosthetic joint is likely to involve biofi lm formation on surfaces of all foreign material. However, there may be rare circumstances when infective organisms may not be able to reach the surface of a well-fixed implant and form a biofi lm.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 75%, Disagree: 19%, Abstain: 6% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)

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