Propionibacterium Acnes Infection of a Metacarpophalangeal Joint Arthroplasty

Guillaume Bacle, Sheena K. Sikora, Eugene T.H. Ek

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Neglected and underestimated in the past, Propionibacterium acnes is currently the most prevalent organism associated with deep prosthetic infections around the shoulder. Surprisingly, it has never been reported as a cause of infection in the hand. Here we report a case of a late presentation of a P. acnes infection in a metacarpophalangeal joint replacement, resulting in chronic low-grade pain with movement. The patient underwent a 2-stage revision, with initial removal of the prosthesis. Positive cultures for P. acnes required 15 days of extended incubation. The patient subsequently had 6 weeks of oral antibiotics followed by a second-stage revision with a Silastic implant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394.e1-394.e6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • arthroplasty
  • infection
  • metacarpophalangeal joint
  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • revision

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