Osteomyelitis can be difficult to treat. The objective of treatment is to eliminate the infection and prevent it from getting worse. Antibiotics may be given to destroy the bacteria that are causing the infection.
For infections that do not go away, surgery may be needed to remove dead bone tissue. Surgical procedures may involve drainage of the infected area, removal of diseased bone and tissue, restoration of blood flow, or removal of foreign material.
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- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Osteomyelitis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.