Editorial Commentary: Already “Stealth” Organism Propionibacterium acnes Goes Covert by Changing Its Name to Cutibacterium acnes: Shoulder Bacterial Contamination

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Propionibacterium acnes, now Cutibacterium acnes, is found on skin and subcutaneous tissue and is thus hard to eradicate. Infection can result in shoulder pain but be indolent and hard to diagnose; in addition, the organism is difficult to identify requiring long-hold cultures. Despite skin preparation, and second preparation before conversion of arthroscopy to mini-open surgery, we do not yet have a way to effectively eradicate C acnes from deeper dermal layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1758-1759
Number of pages2
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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