Int J Med Sci 2009; 6(5):227-233. doi:10.7150/ijms.6.227 This issue


Classification of hip joint infections

Konstantinos Anagnostakos1 ✉, Nora Verena Schmid1, Jens Kelm1,2, Ulrich Grün1, Jochen Jung1

1. Klinik für Orthopädie und Orthopädische Chirurgie, Universitätskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar, Germany
2. Chirurgisch-Orthopädisches Zentrum Illingen/Saar, Germany

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Anagnostakos K, Schmid NV, Kelm J, Grün U, Jung J. Classification of hip joint infections. Int J Med Sci 2009; 6(5):227-233. doi:10.7150/ijms.6.227. Available from

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Infections still remain one of the most devastating complications in hip joint surgery. Classification of these infections help the orthopaedic surgeon to identify the acuteness or chronicity of the infection, predict the complexity of the treatment procedure and ensure that all necessary device are available at the time of the revision surgery. The present article reviews the actual literature and provides an overview of clinical, arthroscopic, microbiological and radiological staging systems.

Keywords: hip joint infection, early infection, late infection, low-grade infection