Clinical case review

When should antibiotic prophylaxis be given for patients with prostheses?

Michael Richards, Bruce Love, Peter Hansen



What antibiotic prophylaxis should be given for patients with prosthetic joints? Increasing numbers of patients have hip or knee replacements – should they have antibiotics before seeing a dentist? Also, should people with stents in coronary arteries receive antibiotic prophylaxis before procedures? Can these ‘foreign bodies’ be a focus for infection?

Article Extract

This brief article provides commentaries by two infectious diseases specialists and by a cardiologist.