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Hatzenbuehler J, Pulling TJ, et al.
American family physician. Date of publication 2011 Nov 1;volume 84(9):1027-33.
1. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Nov 1;84(9):1027-33. Diagnosis and management of osteomyelitis. Hatzenbuehler J(1), Pulling TJ. Author information: (1)Maine Medical Center, Portland, USA. hatzej@mmc.org Comment in Am Fam Physician. 2012 Nov 15;86(10):888; author reply p. 888-9. Summary for patients in Am Fam Physician. 2011 Nov 1;84(9):1034. The incidence of chronic osteomyelitis is increasing because of the prevalence of predisposing conditions such as diabetes mellitus and peripheral vascular disease. The increased availability of sensitive imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging and bone scintigraphy, has improved diagnostic accuracy and the ability to characterize the infection. Plain radiography is a useful initial investigation to identify alternative diagnoses and potential complications. Direct sampling of the wound for culture and antimicrobial sensitivity is essential to target treatment. The increased incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis complicates antibiotic selection. Surgical debridement is usually necessary in chronic cases. The recurrence rate remains high despite surgical intervention and long-term antibiotic therapy. Acute hematogenous osteomyelitis in children typically can be treated with a four-week course of antibiotics. In adults, the duration of antibiotic treatment for chronic osteomyelitis is typically several weeks longer. In both situations, however, empiric antibiotic coverage for S. aureus is indicated. PMID: 22046943 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
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