Diagnosis and treatment of fracture-related infections

Geertje A M Govaert, M Frank Termaat, A W J M Glaudemans, J A P Geurts, T de Jong, V M de Jong, P Joosse, H Kooijmans, J Overbosch, H Scheper, I J B Spijkerman

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Abstract

Fracture-related infection (FRI) is a serious complication after fracture care and can lead to severe morbidity with loss of quality of life, a significant increase in medical expenses and loss of participation in work and social life. Early recognition, adequate surgical debridement, deep uncontaminated tissue cultures with (if indicated) soft tissue reconstruction and fracture stabilization followed by antibiotic therapy are the cornerstones of the successful management of FRI. Recently, in 2018, the AO/EBJIS consensus definition for FRI was published and both national and international working groups are being assembled and provide guidelines and tools for the care of patients with FRI. This paper is a synopsis of the Dutch guideline on FRI (2018), illustrated by a clinical case, and is aiming to provide an overview of the current knowledge on diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

Translated title of the contributionDiagnosis and treatment of fracture-related infections
Original languageDutch
Article numberD3178
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume163
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2019

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