Systematic review of systemic antibiotic treatment for children with chronic and sub-acute pyogenic osteomyelitis
ABSTRACT There is a lack of consensus on the most appropriate antibiotics to treat children with chronic or sub-acute pyogenic bacterial osteomyelitis and on the optimal duration of antibiotic therapy.
To review the published evidence on the duration of antibiotic therapy and outcomes in children with chronic and sub-acute pyogenic bacterial osteomyelitis.
Systematic review of the literature.
We found no randomised controlled trials comparing different antibiotic regimens or comparing duration of antibiotic treatment for chronic or sub-acute osteomyelitis in children. We found 14 observational case series published between 1973 and 2008. Most children with chronic osteomyelitis received 4-6 weeks of parenteral antibiotics followed by oral antibiotics to a total duration of 3-6 months. Small observational studies suggest that a shorter duration of parenteral and oral antibiotics may be equally effective.
There is no high level evidence on the optimal duration of parenteral and oral antibiotics for children with chronic or sub-acute osteomyelitis. A large randomised controlled trial is needed comparing short course parenteral and oral antibiotics with longer antibiotic duration.
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ABSTRACT: Osteomyelitis was described many years ago but is still incompletely understood. Its exogenously acquired form is likely to become more common as the population ages. We discuss biofilm formation as a clinically relevant pathophysiological model and present current recommendations for the treatment of osteomyelitis. We selectively searched the PubMed and Cochrane databases for articles on the treatment of chronic osteomyelitis with local and systemic antibiotics and with surgery. The biofilm hypothesis is discussed in the light of the current literature. There is still no consensus on either the definition of osteomyelitis or the criteria for its diagnosis. Most of the published studies cannot be compared with one another, and there is a lack of scientific evidence to guide treatment. The therapeutic recommendations are, therefore, based on the findings of individual studies and on current textbooks. There are two approaches to treatment, with either curative or palliative intent; surgery is now the most important treatment modality in both. In addition to surgery, antibiotics must also be given, with the choice of agent determined by the sensitivity spectrum of the pathogen. Surgery combined with anti-infective chemotherapy leads to long-lasting containment of infection in 70% to 90% of cases. Suitable drugs are not yet available for the eradication of biofilm-producing bacteria.Deutsches Ärzteblatt International 04/2012; 109(14):257-64. DOI:10.3238/arztebl.2012.0257 · 3.61 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:: Use of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) in pediatrics is widespread and may be increasing. Recent data quantifying use and characteristics of pediatric OPAT are lacking. METHODS:: To evaluate the number of children receiving OPAT each year and their associated characteristics and outcomes, we conducted a retrospective review of all patients discharged with OPAT from the Mayo Clinic Children's Hospital between August 1 2010 and December 31 2011. RESULTS:: During the study period there were 126 pediatric hospital discharges with OPAT (2.5% of all discharges). OPAT was used most commonly to treat bone and joint (21%), bloodstream (15%), intraabdominal (13%), and soft tissue (9%) infections. A positive culture or serology result was found in 86 (68%) OPAT courses. The most frequently used antibiotics were ceftriaxone (17%), cefazolin (16%) and cefepime (13%). The median duration of OPAT was 12 days. Thirty-six courses (29%) resulted in catheter or antibiotic-associated complications. Weekly laboratory monitoring was more common when OPAT was managed by the infectious disease (ID) service (88%) vs. other services (20%). Among 123 courses with follow-up, 109 (89%) resulted in cure, and 13 (11%) were treatment failures. CONCLUSION:: At our children's hospital, 2.5% of hospitalized patients were discharged with OPAT. In one third of OPAT courses children developed catheter- or antibiotic-associated complications. Opportunities to increase the role of pediatric ID in OPAT initiation and management should be explored.The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 12/2012; 32(4). DOI:10.1097/INF.0b013e31827ee1c2 · 3.14 Impact Factor