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July 1976

Osteolytic Lesion Indicating Pseudomonas Sternal Osteomyelitis

Arch Surg. 1976;111(7):776-778. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360250052010

• Two cases of osteolytic lesion of the sternum were caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Both were in heroin addicts, and both occurred as a delayed reaction to injury in an automobile accident. Bony curettage and appropriate antibiotic therapy were sufficient for diagnosis and cure. Tobramycin sulfate (3 mg/kg/day), a new aminoglycoside, was successfully used in both instances. Excision of the sternum was not necessary.

(Arch Surg 111:776-778, 1976)