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VOLUME 3 , ISSUE 2 ( September, 2008 ) > List of Articles


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infected pseudo-arthrosis of the distal tibia treated with debridement, mesh cage, autologous grafting and locking plate fixation

Silas N. S. Motsitsi

Keywords : Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Infected non-union, Mesh cage, Locking plate

Citation Information : Motsitsi SN. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infected pseudo-arthrosis of the distal tibia treated with debridement, mesh cage, autologous grafting and locking plate fixation. 2008; 3 (2):97-99.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-008-0042-z

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2008

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).


Infected non-union of long bones is a challenge to manage. It has a high morbidity and mortality. Treatment is very demanding and has a significant complication rate. Methicillin-resistant infected non-union has a higher morbidity and mortality compared to Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus infection. Approximately half of all Staphylococci isolated in infected orthopaedic operations are caused by Methicillin-resistant S. aureus. We present a 42-year-old patient who had Methicillin-resistant S. aureus infected pseudo-arthrosis of the tibia that was treated with debridement, mesh cage, autologous bone-grafting, and plating of the tibia. The outcome was satisfactory despite residual limb deformity and discrepancy.

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