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Subacute physeal abscess: case report to illustrate treatment with a minimally invasive incision and drainage technique.
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PMID:  22391348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
INTRODUCTION: Brodie's abscess is a form of subacute osteomyelitis characterised by a low grade pyogenic abscess found most commonly in the metaphysis. One rare form found in children crosses the physeal growth plate and into the epiphysis. Due to the rarity of this subtype and apprehension associated with treatment of the transphyseal abscess, no clear guidance exists on its management.
CASE HISTORY: We present a case of delayed diagnosis of Brodie's abscess crossing the physis in a 14-year-old boy. He gave a one-year history of pain in the right knee and early x-rays had shown lucent areas in the tibia. However, these were only noted to be significant at presentation one year later. We also describe an improvised minimally invasive and atraumatic technique of modifying a laminar suction catheter for accessing and draining the abscess.
CONCLUSIONS: From our experience and reports in the literature it is clear that antibiotic treatment is generally advocated with varying degrees of surgical intervention. Outcomes are largely favourable. Nevertheless, initial drainage allows samples to be sent for microbiological and histological assessment to aid subsequent management and may prevent subsequent leg length discrepancy from failed conservative treatment. We believe that management of a transphyseal abscess must include early drainage and a prolonged course of antibiotics. The antibiotic choice and duration will be governed by culture results and local policy but is commonly given for up to six weeks in the literature and must include one antistaphylococcal drug.
T T Shah; K F Chin; A Noorani; D Nairn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England     Volume:  94     ISSN:  1478-7083     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506860     Medline TA:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, UK.
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