Treatment and prevention of osteomyelitis following trauma in adults
- Steven K Schmitt, MD, FIDSA
Steven K Schmitt, MD, FIDSA
- Staff Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases
- Associate Professor of Medicine
- Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Posttraumatic osteomyelitis refers to osteomyelitis that develops as a result of contaminated open fractures or surgical treatment of closed fractures [1,2]. Posttraumatic osteomyelitis can occur in up to 25 percent of open fractures; the risk depends upon the following factors [3-8]:
●Severity of fracture
●Severity of soft tissue injury
●Degree of bacterial contamination
●Presence of underlying vascular insufficiency (eg, peripheral vascular disease or diabetes)To continue reading this article, you must log in with your personal, hospital, or group practice subscription. For more information on subscription options, click below on the option that best describes you:
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