What are the indications for aspiration of a possibly infected total ankle arthroplasty (TAA)?

Authors: Milena M. Plöeger, Amiethab Aiyer

RECOMMENDATION: Whenever a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) of a TAA is clinically possible or suspected, especially when elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or C reactive protein (CRP) levels exist, and in correspondence to the literature on PJI in total hip and knee arthroplasties, joint aspiration is indicated.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 100%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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