|The results of closing intraoperative cultures from 27 canine total hip replacements (THR) were reviewed.
The relationship between these culture results and presurgical and surgical factors, and the short- and long-term success of THR were assessed.
Eleven out of 27 cases had a positive culture, but none of these 11 cases were diagnosed with periprosthetic infection at follow-up examination.
The duration of the clinical signs of hip disease prior to THR was significantly greater for those cases with a positive culture (P=0.034).
The incidence of positive cultures was not related to surgical success.
Source: Karla C.L. Lee, Amy S. Kapatkin (2002): Positive Intraoperative Cultures and Canine Total Hip Replacement: Risk Factors, Periprosthetic Infection, and Surgical Success. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 38:271-278 (2002)
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