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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 70-B, Issue 3 | Pages 373 - 376
1 May 1988
Laforgia R Murphy J Redfern T

We report the results of low friction arthroplasty in 72 old tuberculous hips and 42 hips with old quiescent septic arthritis. Follow-up was for a minimum of two years. Recrudescence of tuberculosis was seen in only one patient, but deep infection occurred in four of the hips with previous septic arthritis. The reasons for this are discussed. It is recommended that patients with old tuberculous hips should have a course of anti-tuberculous drugs before operation, that patients with previous septic infection should have prophylactic antibiotics and antibiotic-loaded cement and that the operation should be performed by an experienced surgeon.