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6Treatment - implant retention or removal

Typically, fixation remains stable in early infections (up to 6 weeks or so).

Typically, fixation remains stable in early infections. However, at any stage, if the implants are loose, they must be removed. External fixation stabilizes the fracture while avoiding a metallic foreign body in the infected fracture wound, and is the best choice for early fracture destabilization in the presence of infection.