What is Refractory Osteomyelitis?
In order to understand what refractory osteomyelitis is, it is first important to understand basic osteomyelitis.
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, a rare but serious condition. Bones can become infected in a number of ways: infection in one part of the body may spread through the bloodstream into the bone or an opening due to a fracture or recent surgery may expose the bone to infection. In many cases, a type of staph bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus causes osteomyelitis and can be cured with intravenous (I.V.) antibiotics.
Refractory osteomyelitis is a persistent or recurrent bone infection lasting longer than six months despite appropriate surgical and medical therapy, such as debridement and intravenous antibiotics. In some individuals, conditions are worse when co-morbidities like vascular disease or diabetes is present. Treatments can include a course of I.V. antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen therapy or both.
Watch the short video below to understand a little more about a patient who has refractory osteomyelitis.
Treatment may include I.V. antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, and more. Each case is independently evaluated and a patient plan is then developed to ensure the best care.
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