J Bone Jt Infect 2019; 4(4):189-193. doi:10.7150/jbji.32471

Case Report

Gardnerella vaginalis, from the Vaginal Microbiota to Prosthetic Joint Infection

Marion Thomas1, Valérie Zeller1,2✉, Beate Heym2,3, Vanina Meyssonnier1,2, Simon Marmor2,4, Jean-Marc Ziza1,2

1. Service de Médecine Interne et Rhumatologie, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France
2. Centre de Référence des Infections Ostéo-Articulaires Complexes, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France
3. Laboratoire des Centres de Santé et Hôpitaux d'Île-de-France, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France
4. Service de Chirurgie Osseuse et Traumatologique, Groupe Hospitalier Diaconesses-Croix Saint-Simon, Paris, France

Abstract

We describe two cases of chronic Gardnerella vaginalis prosthetic hip infections, in an immunocompetent postmenopausal woman and a young immunocompromised woman. G. vaginalis was also isolated from the genital tract, suggesting hematogenous spread of the bacterium. Outcomes were favorable after one-stage exchange arthroplasty and prolonged antibiotic therapy.

Keywords: prosthetic joint infection, Gardnerella vaginalis, hematogenous infection, vaginosis

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Thomas M, Zeller V, Heym B, Meyssonnier V, Marmor S, Ziza JM. Gardnerella vaginalis, from the Vaginal Microbiota to Prosthetic Joint Infection. J Bone Jt Infect 2019; 4(4):189-193. doi:10.7150/jbji.32471. Available from http://www.jbji.net/v04p0189.htm