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Internal fixation for osteomyelitis of cervical spine: the issue of persistence of culture positive infection around the implants.

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BACKGROUND: We describe the management of osteomyelitis of the cervical spine, utilizing internal fixation with subsequent removal and culture of the implants. Four out of five patients had evidence of bacterial colonisation in close proximity to the internal fixation device. METHODS: Five consecutive patients (all female, ranging in age from 50 to 74 yrs) presenting with unstable cervical osteomyelitis were treated by surgical decompression, primary internal fixation followed by three months...

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10.1007/s00701-003-0129-8

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDORMS
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Journal:
Acta neurochirurgica
Volume:
145
Issue:
11
Pages:
957-960
Publication date:
2003-11-01
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EISSN:
0942-0940
ISSN:
0001-6268
Source identifiers:
107431
Language:
English
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uuid:3471114c-5187-4ea8-84d2-7854205d4420
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2013-12-13

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