Hip and knee joint failures potentially linked to oral bacteria

Source:  Journal of Clinical rheumatology 2012,  18 (3), 117-21

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Date of publication:  April 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This pilot study looked at patients who had periodontal disease and arthritis.  Using sophisticated DNA tracking techniques, they found the presence of bacterial DNA in synovial fluids indicating that these might have spread from the oral cavity.  They will investigate further to see if treating periodontal disease will reduce the number of joint replacements.  In the meantime, they suggest that patients with arthritis or failed prosthetic joints be examined for gum disease and be treated accordingly.

Length of publication:  5 pages

Some important notes:  You will need an NHS Athens username and password to access this article.  Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text.  Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement:  Medical News Today

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