antibiotic spacer

antibiotic spacer

A term for a mouldable material which is placed in the cavity following removal of an infected hip or knee joint prosthesis. Once the infection has been cleared, a revision arthroplasty is performed.
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The patient was treated with intravenous (IV) vancomycin and was taken to the operating room for the left knee prosthesis removal and insertion of antibiotic spacer.
Once the canal has been adequately debrided, a long stem implant or antibiotic spacer is placed.
In Figure 7, the implant and all cement has been removed through a vascularized humeral door followed by insertion of an antibiotic spacer.
Caption: Figure 7 Grashey view of an antibiotic spacer in same patient after all the cement and prosthesis has been removed through a vascularized humeral door.
10) A second washout with reinsertion of an antibiotic spacer may be needed if the IL-6 remains high over a long period of time.
25) Many patients have shown improved functional results with the use of an antibiotic spacer as the definitive treatment.
In the two-stage revisions, custom-made antibiotic spacers loaded with vancomycin were used for 2 to 4 months.
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