Update: allograft-associated bacterial infections--United States, 2002.

TitleUpdate: allograft-associated bacterial infections--United States, 2002.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
Authorsfor and(CDC) C
Date Published42064
ISSN0149-2195; 0149-2195
Accession Number11922189
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Arthritis, Infectious / et [Etiology], Bacterial Infections / ep [Epidemiology], Cartilage / tr [Transplantation], Clostridium / ip [Isolation & Purification], Clostridium Infections / ep [Epidemiology], Clostridium Infections / et [Etiology], Humans, IM, Knee Joint / su [Surgery], Male, Sterilization, Surgical Wound Infection / ep [Epidemiology], Tissue Transplantation / ae [Adverse Effects], Transplants / mi [Microbiology], United States / ep [Epidemiology]

Tissue allografts are commonly used in orthopedic surgical procedures; in 1999, approximately 650,000 musculoskeletal allografts were distributed by tissue processors (1). A rare complication of musculoskeletal allografts is bacterial infection (2,3). After the reported death of a recipient of an allograft contaminated with Clostridium spp. (an anaerobic spore and toxin-forming organism) (3), CDC investigated this case and solicited additional reports of allograft-associated infections; 26 cases have been identified. This report summarizes the investigation of these cases and describes additional steps given to a tissue processor to enhance tissue transplant safety.

Alternate JournalMMWR Morb.Mortal.Wkly.Rep.
Notify Library Reference ID1786

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