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Infection is a significant complication seen in orthopaedic surgery. In such cases, samples are sent to be cultured for aerobes, anaerobes, acid-fast bacilli (AFB) and fungi. AFB and fungi are generally slow-growing, difficult to culture, and rarely the pathogen, whereas aerobic and anaerobic cultures are routinely positive and guide antibiotic treatment. The goal of this study is to evaluate the value of routinely ordering AFB and fungal cultures in the setting of foot and ankle surgery.
Bohr M, Dean R, El-Zein Z, Audet M, Fortin P, Vaupel Z. The routine use and cost analysis of acid-fast bacilli and fungal cultures in foot and ankle surgery: a retrospective study. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2023 May; Rochester Hills, MI.