Mycobacterial cultures not necessary for most periprosthetic joint infections

Routinely ordering mycobacterial cultures for patients with periprosthetic joint infections is not cost-effective and testing is not necessary in most cases, according to a study.
“I was working on another project looking at outcomes in patients with prosthetic joint infections and was struck by how often mycobacterial cultures were being ordered. As a result, we decided to look at the utility of these cultures,” Marjorie Golden, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and site chief of infectious diseases at the Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus, told Healio. “We

Routinely ordering mycobacterial cultures for patients with periprosthetic joint infections is not cost-effective and testing is not necessary in most cases, according to a study.
“I was working on another project looking at outcomes in patients with prosthetic joint infections and was struck by how often mycobacterial cultures were being ordered. As a result, we decided to look at the utility of these cultures,” Marjorie Golden, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and site chief of infectious diseases at the Yale New Haven Hospital St. Raphael Campus, told Healio. “We