pin track infection

pin track infection

Etymology: ME, pyn + trak, trace; L, inficere, to taint
an abnormal condition associated with skeletal traction or external fixation devices and characterized by infection of superficial, deeper, or soft tissues or by osteomyelitis. These infections may develop at skeletal traction pin sites. Some of the signs of pin track infection are erythema at the pin sites, drainage and odor, pin slippage, elevated temperature, and pain. Superficial infection at the pin site is treated with antibiotics administered topically or orally. Deeper infection at the pin sites usually requires removal of the pins and antibiotic therapy.
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5,6) A tensioned wire construct rather than pin construct was used in this case due to the surgeon's perceived benefit of improved bone fixation and reduced incidence of pin track infection.