Integrated Microfluidic Systems for Diagnosis of Periprosthetic Joint Infection

  • End date
    May 31, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Updated on 25 January 2021


Diagnosing periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) remains a major clinical challenge. The diagnosis of PJI is based on a composition of clinical judgment, serologic test from peripheral blood, synovial fluid cytology and biomarkers, radiography, microbiology, histopathologic evaluation of periprosthetic tissue, and intraoperative findings. The importance of PJI diagnosis give the subsequent treatment options, like the removal of prosthesis, debridement and prosthesis retention and the time of reimplantation.

Currently, The Second International Consensus Meeting (ICM) has announced its criteria for the diagnosis of PJI. The preoperative diagnosis includes serologic tests (C-reactive protein, D-dimer, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and synovial fluid biomarkers (white blood cell and differential, leukocyte esterase and -defensin). The intraoperative diagnosis includes a single positive culture, positive histology, and positive intraoperative purulence. However, some of the markers used in the 2018 ICM criteria, such as -defensin, leukocyte esterase, and synovial fluid C-reactive protein, are not available in every hospital and cannot be immediately available to clinicians in decision making.

The microfluidic technologies have made a notable impact on the evolution of diagnostic tools by providing a rapid and cost-effective platform for the application of immunoassay techniques. The microfluidic system integrates the complex processing steps of the laboratory protocols into a single chip through logical integration and optimization of processes. Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and National Tsing Hua University have conducted preliminary research to confirm the feasibility of their microfluidic systems.

Therefore, the project will develop a "microfluidic biomarker detection chip" to detect the concentrations three important biomarkers for PJI, including -defensin, leukocyte esterase and C-reactive protein in synovial fluids. This will be a three-year project. In the 1st year, 50 patients who will be scheduled to undergo unilateral revision total joint arthroplasty (RTJA) will be collected with the synovial fluid and tested on a laboratory platform. In the 2nd year, based on laboratory results, 50 patients undergoing RTJAs will be recruited to develop a microfluidic chip system, and their on-chip performance will be fine-tuned and optimized. In the 3rd year, 50 patients undergoing RTJA will be collected, and the verification of the microfluidic system will be realized. This system will be validated in PJIs cohorts in the first stage of debridement and implant removal, in the interim period, and the second stage of reimplantation. It is expected that biomarker detection chip will improve medical distress and bring important information to clinical decision-making.

Condition Prosthetic Joint Infection
Treatment Sample collection study
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04056780
SponsorChang Gung Memorial Hospital
Last Modified on25 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age between 20 yrs and 90 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have Prosthetic Joint Infection?
Do you have any of these conditions: Do you have Prosthetic Joint Infection??
Revision total knee arthroplasty
Revision total hip arthroplasty
Sufficiently annotated clinical and laboratory data for classification by the 2018 ICM criteria for PJI
Sufficient synovial fluid for study methods

Exclusion Criteria

Inadequate synovial fluid for analysis
Adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR)
Crystalline deposition arthropathy
Inflammatory arthropathy flare
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