Cervical osteomyelitis complicating transpharyngeal gunshot wounds to the neck

R. E. Jones, R. W. Bucholz, S. D. Schaefer, M. Mumme, H. M. Carder

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Abstract

Four cases of cervical osteomyelitis complicating transpharyngeal gunshot wounds to the neck are discussed. Thorough debridement of bone and soft tissue, adequate drainage, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and rigid immobilization of the cervical spine are essential for the successful treatment of this complication. Inadequate or delayed treatment may result in prolonged hospitalization, the need for multiple surgical procedures, and possible neurologic deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-634
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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