What is the treatment for osteomyelitis due to 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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Foremost in the treatment of osteomyelitis is the removal of all nonviable bone, down to bone that bleeds bright red. [69] In the reconstruction of reconstructing pressure injuries associated with osteomyelitis, it is important to use bone that is in the base flaps and has a muscle component. The muscle is placed over this bone after appropriate bone debridement. The flap reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the bone debridement. A 6-week course of IV antibiotics is then administered.


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