Authors: Daniel Fuchs, Selene Parekh
RECOMMENDATION: We recommend that aspiration of the ankle with an antibiotic spacer prior to a second-stage reimplantation should be strongly considered. Available studies indicate that a positive culture of the aspirate in this setting is predictive of residual infection, while a negative aspirate culture does not rule out infection and should be interpreted in light of other clinical indicators and laboratory values.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 92%, Disagree: 8%, Abstain: 0% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)FA-17