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4Infection

Infection

Diagnosis

Infected fractures will usually demonstrate one or more of the following signs/symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Erythema
  • Rrismus
  • Pain
  • Purulent discharge

Etiology

Infection occurring in fractures usually results from one or more of the following:

  • Microorganisms
  • Fracture instability
  • Devital tissues (teeth, bone, etc)

Treatment

The treatment of infected fractures involves:

  • Incision and drainage of abscesses,
  • Irrigations of the wounds as necessary
  • Systemic antibiotics
  • Removal of devital teeth/bone
  • Removal of any loose internal fixation devices
  • Re-stabilization of fracture