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May 30, 1966

Closed Irrigation-Suction of Spine InfectionsA Review of Four Successfully Treated Cases of Pyogenic Vertebral Osteomyelitis

JAMA. 1966;196(9):761-764. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100220053016

A relatively simple technique is adapted for closed suction-irrigation with antibiotic and detergent as treatment of chronic osteomyelitis of the spine. The antibiotic used is one known to be effective against the infecting organism. The irrigation is continued until two consecutive negative cultures of suction fluid are obtained. This is usually a week to ten days. Of four successfully treated patients, one had been draining continuously for six years and the others for about six months.