Biomaterials in infection treatment

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Bone infections are an orthopaedic challenge, especially now antibiotic resistance is on the rise. This dissertation aims to improve treatment options and outcomes. We examined bioactive glass, a new biomaterial with the potential of combating infections in a very specific way. This approach is different from standard antibiotic regimens. Bioactive glass does not only have antibacterial properties, but is also highly suitable to serve as a bone void filler. This material was introduced in Maastricht in 2011. Today, it is used frequently to deal with this problem. This dissertation describes the clinical use, biomechanical features, cost-effectiveness and implementation in low-wage countries, which is accompanied by a number of specific problems.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Rhijn, Lodewijk, Supervisor
  • Arts, Chris, Co-Supervisor
Award date1 Jun 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789462339569
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • bone infections
  • orthopaedics
  • antibiotic resistance
  • bioactive glass
  • antibacterial properties

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