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Microorganisms 2017, 5(2), 19; doi:10.3390/microorganisms5020019

The Status of Biofilms in Penile Implants

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL 62702, USA
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Academic Editors: Gianfranco Donelli and Claudia Vuotto
Received: 24 February 2017 / Revised: 4 April 2017 / Accepted: 10 April 2017 / Published: 18 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microbial Biofilms and Human Infections)
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Erectile dysfunction is prevalent among men and will continue to become more so with the aging population. Of the available treatment options, implantable prosthetic devices are typically thought of as a third line treatment even though they have the highest satisfaction rate and continually improving success rates. Infection and mechanical failure are the most common reasons for implant revision in the past. Since the development of more reliable devices, bacterial biofilms are coming to the forefront of discussion as causes of required revision. Biofilms are problematic as they are ubiquitous and exceedingly difficult to prevent or treat. View Full-Text
Keywords: prosthetic surgery; penile prosthesis; biofilm; infection prosthetic surgery; penile prosthesis; biofilm; infection
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