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CAP Today: “Adventures in Culturing—Five Micro Lab Tales”

The October issue of CAP TODAY features five microbiology laboratory tales about adventures in culturing. Interviewed for the story was Mayo Clinic’s Aaron Tande, M.D., clinical and research fellow in the Mayo Clinic Division of Infectious Diseases.

Aaron Tande, M.D.

Tande discussed clinical cultures for prosthetic joint infections. According to Tande, “The stakes are high. A prosthetic joint infection typically requires at least one—usually more than one—major orthopedic surgery, and then a prolonged period of IV and possibly oral antibiotics.”

In addition to advising on prosthetic joint infections, Tande also talks about uncertainties in culturing prosthetic tissues. “Some bacteria that cause prosthetic joint infections, like Propionibacterium acnes, are classically described as slow growers,” Dr. Tande says. “This forces microbiologists to extend incubation times, which carries the risk of environmental contaminants and false-positives.”

Read the full article to learn more about clinical cultures for prosthetic joint infections.

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