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Osteomyelitis—Bone Infections

Osteomyelitis is foremost among the orthopedic complications after surgical treatments. As an orthopedic surgeon, I take the utmost care to ensure the risk of this complication is minimized. Unfortunately, a few patients may deal with this complication. In several cases, clinical conditions—such as diabetes—or lifestyle choices—like smoking—can increase your risk.

 

Osteomyelitis due to bacterial infections

In this situation, we must immediately act to minimize the possible consequences of this infection.

Currently, the mortality caused by osteomyelitis is very low due to modern and standardized treatment methods, which include the use of antibiotics directed at the causative agent and extensive surgical debridement. Early diagnosis, adequate surgical treatment, and the use of antibiotics are vital to effective treatments. In cases of osteomyelitis, the presence of a multidisciplinary team is essential, including an infectologist, an orthopedist, and, in some cases, a plastic surgeon.

 

Bone infection

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by microorganisms, mainly bacteria. In general, the infection is caused by a single microorganism. However, in some cases, the infection can be polymicrobial. This is common for patients with prolonged hospitalizations and/or diabetes. The infection can be restricted to a selected area of the bone or it may affect several areas such as the cortex, bone marrow, periosteum, and adjacent soft tissues.

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Bone destruction caused by bone infection

Medical literature presents various criteria to classify this condition. It can be classified according to the time of infection, mechanism of infection, and the type of causative agent.

The main classifications we use are divided into acute, subacute, and chronic—each one varying with the time the symptoms appear. These can be further divided into exogenous (open fractures, surgery, or continuity with other infected tissues) or hematogenic (bacteremia).

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