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Syndromic Testing for Joint Infections: What Is It and Why Should It Matter to You?

  • Authors: Alexander Sah, MD; Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 12/19/2022
  • Valid for credit through: 12/19/2023
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    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 0.50 ABIM MOC points

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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for orthopedists, orthopedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, emergency medicine physicians, and critical care specialists.

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to differentiate joint infections from noninfectious joint conditions and better understand the use of rapid diagnostic tests to diagnose joint infections.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Diagnostic features of prosthetic joint infections vs other joint conditions
    • Pathogens covered by multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for joint infections


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  • Alexander Sah, MD

    Sah Orthopaedic Associates
    Institute for Joint Restoration
    Menlo Park, California


    Alexander Sah, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Convatec; Heron Therapeutics; Medtronic
    Research funding from: Microport; Zimmer

  • Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS

    James Edwards Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine
    Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


    Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: Becton Dickenson; Cardinal Health; Corentec; Ethicon; KCI/3M (Acelity); MicroGenDX; Peptilogics; Tenor; Zimmer Biomet
    Research funding from: 3M; Aesculap; AO Spine; Biomet; Cempra; CeramTec; DePuy; Integra; Lima; Myoscience; Novartis; OrthoSpace; Pfizer; Rotation Medical; Simplify Medical; Smith & Nephew; StelKast; Stryker Orthopedics; Synthes; TissueGene; Tornier; Zimmer Biomet
    Royalties from: Becton Dickenson; Corentec
    Stock options from: Acumed; Alphaeon/Strathspey Crown; Ceribell; Elute; Hip Innovation Technologies; Intellijoint; Illuminus; Molecular Surface Technologies; NanoOxygenic; Osteal; Parvizi Surgical Innovations and Subsidiaries; Peptilogics; PRN-Veterinary; Sonata


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    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


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Syndromic Testing for Joint Infections: What Is It and Why Should It Matter to You?

Authors: Alexander Sah, MD; Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCSFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 12/19/2022

Valid for credit through: 12/19/2023


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