What is the optimal culture technique (e.g., culture medium, days of incubation) in evaluating patients for shoulder periprosthetic joint infection (PJI)?

Authors: Frederick Matsen, Matt hew Scarborough, Andrew Green
RECOMMENDATION: Current evidence suggests that culture of tissue samples for the diagnosis of shoulder PJI is best performed using both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. For solid culture media, diagnostic accuracy may be improved by using enrichment media. Fourteen days is the most common culture duration cited.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 100%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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