Chronic Osteomyelitis Following Mandibular Fractures and Its Treatment

Anthony M. Giordano, Craig A. Foster, Lawrence R. Boies, Robert H Maisel

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In a review of 350 patients with mandibular fractures between 1976 and 1978, eight cases of chronic mandibular osteomyelitis were found. Treatment in all cases consisted of intravenous antibiotics and debridement. In addition, in some cases a suction-irrigation system was used after debridement. From this study, the following can be stated: (1) Osteomyelitis following mandibular fractures is uncommon. (2) Once chronic osteomyelitis has developed, aggressive antibiotic and surgical treatment is needed. (3) The use of the suction-irrigation system after debridement is an effective adjunctive aid in treating osteomyelitis. Cosmesis is superior to that obtained with older techniques because wounds are closed primarily.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1982

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