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Serum inflammatory markers are commonly used to evaluate for the presence of surgical-site infection or periprosthetic joint infections following orthopaedic surgery. However, data on the utility of these tests following shoulder surgery are more limited. Worse diagnostic performance is seen in the shoulder when compared with use of these tests in the evaluation of hip and knee infections, likely due to the low virulence of the commonly cultured shoulder organisms, and the normalization of these serum markers following shoulder surgery is less well defined when compared with the hip and knee literature. A better understanding of the behavior of these serum inflammatory markers in the shoulder may enhance the utility of these tests in the diagnosis and management of infection following elective shoulder surgery. Copyright © 2020 Arthroscopy Association of North America. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Eric T Ricchetti. Editorial Commentary: Are Serum Inflammatory Markers Useful Diagnostic Tools in the Shoulder? Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association. 2021 Jan;37(1):83-85

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