Can Antibiotic Beads Have An Impact In Osteomyelitis Cases?

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The patient had a midfoot amputation and a chronic, non-healing wound with heavy wound bed contamination and sub-acute osteomyelitis.
After debridement of the wound site and infected bone, a tendon transfer, and the use of bioengineered tissue and vancomycin impregnated absorbable beads, the patient’s wound healed in approximately two months.
By Anthony C. Yung, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM

Dr. Yung is a Chief Resident and Dr. Steinberg (shown at right) is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Orthopaedics, Podiatry Division at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Editor’s Note: For a related article, see “Can The Osteoset Lead To Better, Cost-Effective Healing?,” on page 70 of the December 2002 issue or check out the archives at



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Erik Ouderkirk, DPMsays: August 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Exactly the information I was looking for. Thank you.

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