Variety in diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic joint infections in Belgium and the Netherlands

Acta Orthop Belg. 2016 Aug;82(2):149-160.


Recently, guidelines regarding diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) have been published, but it is unknown how well these are -followed in the Netherlands and Belgium. Therefore, a survey study was performed in the Netherlands and Belgium. 81 orthopedic departments responded (54% in the Netherlands, 52% in Belgium). The majority used protocols for antibiotic and surgical treatment. To discriminate between early and late infection, differences in periods used were seen between respondents, and between countries. Empirical antibiotic treatment varied greatly. Debridement, antibiotics, irrigation and retention of the prosthesis (DAIR) is the -almost unanimous treatment of choice for early PJI. Guidelines are available, but seem not (yet) to be -followed accurately, and do not have answers to all possible treatment options. Perhaps, national guidelines might produce more standardized care, and -consequentially, easier comparison for research, more transparency for patients, and less health care costs.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / adverse effects*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / statistics & numerical data
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / adverse effects*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / statistics & numerical data
  • Belgium
  • Debridement
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / diagnosis*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / therapy*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents