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3Classification of fracture wound infection

Recurrent osteomyelitis

Recurrent osteomyelitis

Posttraumatic osteomyelitis may recur, sometimes years after the original infection appeared to have resolved.
Treatment depends on:

  • fracture healing
  • implants
  • sequestra

Treatment relies on:

  • Surgical removal of all infected and dead tissue
  • Identification of the responsible microorganism from cultures of biopsies
  • Fracture stabilization, as necessary, with external fixation
  • The use of appropriate adjunctive antibiotics
  • Soft-tissue reconstruction, once infection is eradicated

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