[Antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures in arthroplasty patients]

Uçkay, I. and Hoffmeyer, P. and Trampuz, A. and Borens, O. and Terzic, A. and Scolozzi, P. and Peter, R.. (2010) [Antibiotic prophylaxis before dental procedures in arthroplasty patients]. Revue médicale suisse, Vol. 6. pp. 727-730.

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Antibiotic prophylaxis is commonly prescribed to patients with total arthroplasties before a dental intervention. This attitude is not evidence-based for several reasons: 1) the usual pathogens of prosthetic joint infections are not of oral origin; 2) even if given, systemic antibiotic do not completely suppress the occult bacteraemia occurring during dental intervention and 3) humans may have up to twelve episodes of occult bacteraemia of dental origin per day. Routine antibiotic prophylaxis should be clearly distinguished from the antibiotic treatment required in case of established oral cavity infection. A constant optimal oral and dental hygiene is more important in terms of prevention and should be routinely recommended to every patient carrying a joint arthroplasty.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Infektiologie > Infektiologie (Battegay M)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Infektiologie > Infektiologie (Battegay M)
UniBasel Contributors:Trampuz, Andrej
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Médecine & hygiène
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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