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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 3621749, 3 pages
Case Report

Bilateral One-Stage Revision of Infected Total Hip Arthroplasties: Report of Two Cases and Management of Antibiotic Therapy

1University of Lille, 59000 Lille, France
2Orthopaedic Department, Lille University Hospital, rue Emile-Laine, 59037 Lille, France
3Northwest Reference Center for Osteoarticular Infections (CRIOAC-G4 Lille-Tourcoing), Lille University Hospital, rue Emile-Laine, 59037 Lille, France
4Department of Infectious Diseases, Gustave Dron Hospital of Tourcoing, rue du Président Coty, 59208 Tourcoing, France
5Orthopaedic Department, Tourcoing Hospital, rue du Président Coty, 59208 Tourcoing, France

Received 2 July 2015; Revised 27 December 2015; Accepted 29 December 2015

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2016 Thomas Pommepuy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recommendations for the management of chronic and bilateral total hip arthroplasty (THA) infection are lacking. However, this type of infection involves medical problems concerning the management of the antibiotic therapy. We report two cases of such infections operated as one-stage revision. For each case, both hips were infected with the same bacteria (Staphylococcus caprae for one patient and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus for the other). The probabilistic antibiotic treatment started during the first side (after harvesting intraoperative samples) did not prevent the culture of the bacteriologic harvested during the intervention of the second side. Cultures were positive for the same bacteria for both sides in the two cases presented herein. After results of intraoperative cultures, patients received culture-guided antibiotic therapy for three months and were considered cured at the end of a two-year follow-up. Our results suggest one-stage bilateral change of infected THA is a viable option and that early intraoperative antibiotic, started during the first-side exchange, does not jeopardize microbiological documentation of the second side. This work brings indirect arguments, in favor of the use of prophylactic antibiotics during revision of infected THA.