The Effect of Oral Antibiotics on Synovial Fluid and Differential for the Diagnosis of Infection
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03551847|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : June 11, 2018
Last Update Posted : September 11, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Infection||Drug: Antibiotic Drug: No antibiotics||Not Applicable|
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) following total hip or knee arthroplasty is a rare but potentially devastating complication. Accurate diagnosis of these infections remains one of the most challenging undertakings in orthopaedics. Clinical presentation of PJI may be subtle and distinguishing between infection versus aseptic issues can be difficult. Currently no diagnostic approach has been developed that accurately and unequivocally diagnoses PJI.
Multiple studies have shown the high diagnostic accuracy of synovial fluid white blood cell count (WBC) and neutrophil percentage (%PMNs) in detecting PJI. This has led to incorporation of these two parameters into criteria for the diagnosis of PJI. WBC and %PMN cutoffs have been published for prosthetic hips and knees in both the acute and chronic setting. Meanwhile, synovial fluid cell counts are believed to be of particular value when patients present on systemic antibiotics, which have been shown to compromise intraarticular cultures by causing false negative results.
However, the effect of antibiotics on synovial fluid cell count and differential has not been well delineated. One prospective study by Trampuz et al. of 133 synovial fluid specimens prior to total knee revisions noted that patients receiving antimicrobial agents had lower leukocyte counts than did those who were not receiving antimicrobial agents. To the contrary, a recent animal study examined intra-articular administration of the antibiotic amikacin in horses and reported a statistically significant increase in the synovial nucleated cell count. The effect of antibiotics on synovial fluid WBC and %PMN thus remains unclear.
Furthermore, to reduce false-negative culture results, it is recommended that patients be off of antibiotics for a minimum of two weeks prior to obtaining samples for culture. Investigators have shown reduced false-negative culture rates in patients not taking antibiotics prior to surgery compared to those taking antibiotics at the time of surgery. However, the two-week time interval is relatively arbitrary and adequate supporting data do not exist.
The primary aim of this study is to evaluate how antibiotics affect synovial fluid leukocyte and differential counts. A secondary aim is to assess how long patients need to be off of antibiotic therapy to generate accurate synovial fluid cultures. Further examination of the effects of systemic antibiotics on synovial fluid composition will provide valuable information for clinicians caring for patients with possible PJI.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||183 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Effect of Oral Antibiotics on Synovial Fluid Leukocyte Count and Differential for the Diagnosis of Periprosthetic Hip and Knee Infection|
|Actual Study Start Date :||November 1, 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||November 1, 2019|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 1, 2020|
Experimental: Oral antibiotic therapy group
This group will receive preoperative oral antibiotic therapy tailored to the infecting organism (if identified) for two weeks before the time of revision surgery
The intervention involves giving an infected patient antibiotics.
Active Comparator: No antibiotic therapy group
This group will not receive preoperative oral antibiotic therapy.
Drug: No antibiotics
The intervention involves not giving an infected patient antibiotics.
- A change in synovial fluid white blood cell count with antibiotic treatment [ Time Frame: pre-operative to intraoperative ]White blood cell count will be measured from synovial fluid. This fluid will be sent to our in-house laboratory testing facility. WBC is measured as the total number per mL of fluid.
- A change in synovial fluid neutrophil percentage with antibiotic treatment [ Time Frame: pre-operative to intraoperative ]Neutrophil percentage will be measured from synovial fluid. This fluid will be sent to our in-house laboratory testing facility. %PMN is a percentage out of total white blood cell count.
- A change in culture results with antibiotic treatment [ Time Frame: pre-operative to intraoperative ]Synovial fluid will be sent to our in-house lab and they will try and grow cultures from this fluid to see if they can identify the organism causing the infection.
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03551847
|United States, Illinois|
|Rush University medical Center|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612|
|Principal Investigator:||Craig Della Valle, MD||Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery|