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Authors: Devlieger, Benjamin
Wagner, Daniel
Hopf, Johannes
Rommens, Pol Maria
Title: Surgical debridement of infected pubic symphysitis supports optimal outcome
Online publication date: 11-Oct-2021
Year of first publication: 2021
Language: english
Abstract: INTRODUCTION Infected pubic symphysitis (IPS) is a rare bacterial infection of the pubic symphysis that causes subpubic pain, disability and ultimately permanent immobility. Due to difficult diagnosis, patients present with long-standing complaints and consult several doctors. To date, no validated treatment protocol exists and most patients are treated conservatively with antibiotics. This study was aimed to assess the results after careful surgical debridement and pathogen-specific antibiotic treatment in IPS. MATERIALS AND METHODS A chart review of eight patients with proven IPS was performed. Five of eight patients filled in a specific own-developed questionnaire and could be examined clinically and radiologically at a mean of 13 months (range: 6–30 months) postoperatively. RESULTS There were six males and two females with an average age of 69 years (range: 55–80 years). The mean duration of symptoms before surgical treatment was 10.5 months (range: 1–30 months). There were no complications due to the surgical debridement. There was no recurrence of infection at the pubic symphysis during the follow-up period. The most common pathogen was Pseudomonas aeruginosa in three patients. Mean preoperative pain, measured on the visual analogue scale (VAS, range: 0–10) for the four analysed categories in the five follow-up patients was 7.2, 30 days postoperatively 2.7 and 13 months postoperatively 0.4. There was a steady increase in the quality of life (QoL) 30 days postoperatively and at the 13 months follow-up when compared to preoperative values. CONCLUSIONS Surgical debridement is the keystone for treatment of IPS and should be combined with local and systemic antibiotic therapy.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: Archives of orthopaedic and trauma surgery
Pages or article number: 1835
Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin u.a.
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 1434-3916
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Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00402-020-03563-8
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