Post-traumatic Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis as a result of injury (post-traumatic osteomyelitis) is mostly caused by bone fractures. Particularly open fractures, in which the bone passes through the skin, will frequently result in bacterial contamination. Depending on the extent of tissue damage bacteria can settle and multiply in the fracture area. Additionally, if the bone is stabilized with body foreign materials ("osteosyntheseis"), it can create optimal conditions for lasting bacterial infestation.

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