Articles | Volume 6, issue 9
J. Bone Joint Infect., 6, 457–466, 2021
J. Bone Joint Infect., 6, 457–466, 2021

Original full-length article 21 Dec 2021

Original full-length article | 21 Dec 2021

The effectiveness of antibiotic cement-coated nails in post-traumatic femoral and tibial osteomyelitis – comparative analysis of custom-made versus commercially available nails

Germán Garabano et al.

Cited articles

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Short summary
We present a series of patients with chronic post-traumatic osteomyelitis (CPTO) of the femur or tibia who were treated either with custom-made or commercially available antibiotic cement-coated nails. The overall infection control rate was 96.6 %, with reoperation and failure rates of 26.6 % and 3.3 %, respectively. Custom-made antibiotic-coated nails were associated with significantly longer operating times and higher rates of cement–nail debonding during removal.