Practical Applications of Antibiotic-Loaded Bone Cement for Treatment of Infected Joint Replacements

Department of Orthopaedics, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MN 55906, USA.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (Impact Factor: 2.77). 11/2004; 427(427):79-85. DOI: 10.1097/01.blo.0000143806.72379.7d
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The use of antibiotic-loaded bone cement is an accepted treatment method for infected joint arthroplasties. It is helpful to separate the use of antibiotic-loaded bone cement as a method of prophylaxis as compared with the treatment of an established infection. A low dose of antibiotic-loaded bone cement (< or = 1 g of antibiotic per batch of cement) should be used for prophylaxis, and high-dose antibiotic-loaded bone cement (> 1 g antibiotic per batch of cement) is indicated for treatment. The only commercially available antibiotic-loaded bone cement products are low dose, with the use of tobramycin or gentamicin as an antibiotic selection. High-dose antibiotic-loaded bone cement requires hand mixing by the surgeon to facilitate the use of high dosages and choices of multiple antibiotics. Treatment of infected hip and knee arthroplasties with high-dose antibiotic-loaded bone cement is aided by the use of spacers of various shapes and sizes. These spacers, whether they are static or articulating (mobile), are meant to provide local delivery of antibiotics, stabilization of soft tissues, facilitation of an easier reimplantation, and improved clinical outcomes.

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    • "This is followed by 3–6 months of oral therapy of doxycycline, minocycline, or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole with some patients requiring replacement surgery [11]. Over the last few years antibiotic impregnated cement spacers have been used to avoid infection and promote early ambulation [12]. Liu et al., [13] loaded strontium-containing hydroxyapatite (Sr-HA) bone cement with gentamicin sulphate to generate an efficient bioactive antibiotic drug delivery system for treatment of bone defects. "
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    • "Two-stage revision has been shown to yield a high rate of infection eradication and survival of the reimplanted THA and is the standard of care in North America for infected THA [10, 11]. An articulating antibiotic spacer helps deliver local antibiotics, maintains joint mobility, and facilitates reimplantation by reducing soft tissue contracture and scar formation [12]. "
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    • "Antibioticimpregnated implants are particularly attractive because they not only deliver high tissue levels of antibiotics but also help obliterate the dead space that occurs after bone debridement (Gitelis and Brebach, 2002). For many years, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) beads impregnated with vancomycin, tobramycin or gentamicin have been the main local delivery system in osteomyelitis therapy (Hanssen and Spangehl, 2004). PMMA beads, however, are far from being an ideal antibiotic carrier. "
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