Osteomyelitis: Recent clinical and laboratory aspects

E. J. Septimus, D. M. Musher

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Osteomyelitis poses several special problems to the clinician. Early recognition is essential to prevent acute infection from becoming chronic acid and to avoid repeated courses of inadequate or inappropriate therapy. Bacteriologic identification and sensitivity testing are essential in choosing appropriate antibiotics. Antibiotics should be administered through a route that will assure adequate blood and tissue levels. Constant re-evalution to determine the need for surgical drainage and debridement, especially in chronic infection, is also beneficial in assuring a satisfactory outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-359
Number of pages13
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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