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Candida tropicalis: diagnostic dilemmas for an unusual prosthetic hip infection
  1. Surjit Lidder1,2,
  2. A Tasleem3,
  3. S Masterson4 and
  4. R W J Carrington2
  1. 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Eastbourne DGH, East Sussex, UK
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Joint Reconstruction Unit, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex, UK
  3. 3CT1 in Surgery, Dewsbury District Hospital, West Yorkshire, UK
  4. 4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Queen's Hospital, Romford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Surjit Lidder, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Eastbourne DGH, Eastbourne, BN21 2UD, UK; surjitlidder{at}me.com

Abstract

Infection is the third commonest cause of total hip arthroplasty failure. Infections of the hip with Candida species are extremely rare with only a few reports in the literature. A case of a 76-year-old female subject is presented illustrating both the difficulty in initial diagnosis and the challenges faced in hip reconstruction.

  • Tropical medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Received February 21, 2013.
  • Accepted February 21, 2013.

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  • Received February 21, 2013.
  • Accepted February 21, 2013.
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