What is the role for serum erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) or white blood cell (WBC) count in the evaluation of an elbow arthroplasty for periprosthetic joint infection (PJI)?

Authors: Mark Mighell, Mark Frankle
RECOMMENDATION: ESR, CRP and WBC play a role in screening and monitoring for PJI, though evidence is limited regarding specifi c thresholds and strategies to guide the surgeon when interpreting these values.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 95%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 5% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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