Late Presentation of Hardware Related Osteomyelitis of the Radius

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Wendy Ng


infection, radius, osteomyelitis


While internal fixation related osteomyelitis is common, it is usually diagnosed within the first few years after implant insertion. We report our experience with a rare case of a late presentation of hardware related osteomyelitis of the radius 8 years after bony fixation, as well as successful treatment with irrigation, debridement, removal of hardware and antibiotics. This case represents the latest initial presentation of osteomyelitis after its hardware insertion that has been reported in the literature.