Antibiotic beads

Thomas A. DeCoster, Shahram Bozorgnia

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Antibiotic beads are an attractive method of treatment in the management and prevention of osteomyelitis. Antibiotic beads provide high local concentrations of antibiotic at the site of infection without significant systemic toxicity. A variety of techniques to provide local antibiotics has been reported, including absorbable beads with various types of antibiotics, antibiotic sticks, coated nails, and coated joint spacers. Beads can be prepared in the operating room or in advance. Antibiotic beads assist in dead space management and help facilitate the filling of bone voids and healing of infected nonunions. Results demonstrate improved efficacy in the control of infection and enhanced outcomes, with financial and practical savings.14.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-678
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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