Antibiotic impregnated beads

Presentation

Chronic osteomyelitis after complicated femur fracture due to a motorcycle accident.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Multiple small, round and radiopaque beads distributed along the head and femoral neck, greater trochanter, and also along the middle and distal diaphyseal regions of the femur.

Case Discussion

Antibiotic impregnated beads are local antibiotics in the form of polymethylmethacrylate beads. They are placed during orthopedic procedures for treating osteomyelitis, as they deliver high doses of antibiotics to the surrounding tissues.

Contributed by Dr. Guilherme Pioli Resende M.D. and Dr. Daniel Brito de Medeiros M.D.

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