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BACKGROUND: Fungal infections are a rare cause of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), identified in 1% of all of these cases. Outcomes are not well-established due to small cohort sizes in the published literature. The aims of this study were to establish the patient demographics and infection-free survival of patients presenting to two high volume revision arthroplasty centers who had fungal infection of either a hip or knee arthroplasty. We sought to identify risk factors for poor outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of patients at two high volume revision arthroplasty centers who had confirmed fungal PJI of the total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Consecutive patients treated between 2010 and 2019 were included. Patient outcomes were classified as infection eradication or persistence. A total of 67 patients who had 69 fungal PJI cases were identified. There were 47 cases involving the knee and 22 of the hip. Mean age at presentation was 68 years (THA mean 67, range 46 to 86) (TKA mean 69, range, 45 to 88). A history of sinus or open woundwas present in 60 cases (89%)(THA 21 cases, TKA 39 cases). The median number of operations prior to the procedure at which fungal PJI was identified was 4 (range, 0 to 9)(THA 5 (range, 3 to 9) and TKA 3 (range, 0 to 9). RESULTS: At mean follow up 34 months (range, 2 to 121), remission rates were 11 of 24 (45%) and 22 of 45 (49%) for hip and knee, respectively. There were seven TKA (16%) and one THA (4%) who failed treatment resulting in amputations. During the study period, seven THA and six TKA patients had died. Two deaths were directly attributable to PJI. Patient outcome was not associated with the number of prior procedures, patient comorbidities, or organisms. CONCLUSION: Eradication of fungal PJI is achieved in less than half of patients, and outcomes are comparable for TKA and THA. The majority of patients who have fungal PJI present with an open wound or sinus. No factors were identified that increase the risk of persistent infection. Patients who have fungal PJI should be informed of the poor outcomes.

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J arthroplasty

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Fungal, hip and knee arthroplasty, periprosthetic joint infection