Infection in the presence of skeletal fixation in the upper extremity

M. A. McClinton, Jr Helgemo

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Abstract

Infection is infrequent after open fractures of the upper extremity. Treatment begins with prevention through the appropriate use of prophylactic antibiotics, adequate wound debridement, and timely soft-tissue coverage. If infection supervenes, the surgeon must identify the responsible bacteria and administer antibiotics accordingly. Stable fixation is retained. Unstable fixation is removed and skeletal stability restored. Using these principles, infection in the presence of skeletal fixation can be controlled and fracture union achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-760
Number of pages16
JournalHand clinics
Volume13
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 12 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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