Debridement cited as better initial option to treat infection after reverse shoulder arthroplasty
Results from a retrospective, multicenter study by French researchers that investigated treatment options for infection after reverse shoulder arthroplasty supported the use of debridement as a first-line treatment, but noted this option had a 54% healing rate.
Findings showed the total complication rate was 26%. Investigators cited Propionbacterium acnes and coagulase-negative staphylococci as the main causes for infection. Of the 32 patients, 26 patients had infections that completely cured. At the last follow-up, patients had a total Constant score of 46, with a mean gain of 12 points.