How is osteomyelitis managed in patients with pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Osteomyelitis should be considered whenever an ulcer does not heal, especially if the ulcer is over a bony prominence. Clinicians also should rule out other conditions associated with nonhealing ulcers, such as heterotopic calcification or ossification. Most findings indicate that antibiotic treatment for osteomyelitis should last 6-8 weeks. Surgery is needed for some cases of chronic osteomyelitis. [45]


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