Randomized trial of ciprofloxacin compared with other antimicrobial therapy in the treatment of osteomyelitis

R. N. Greenberg, A. D. Tice, P. K. Marsh, P. C. Craven, P. M. Reilly, M. Bollinger, W. J. Weinandt

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Thirty adults (mean age, 52 years) were enrolled in a randomized, comparative trial of oral ciprofloxacin (750 mg twice daily) and other antimicrobial therapies. Etiologic agents included Enterobacteriaceae (18 isolates), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (16 isolates), and Staphylococcus aureus (four isolates). Seven of 14 (50 percent) ciprofloxacin-treated infections are cured at up to 13 months follow-up and three infections appear improved. Treatment failure or relapse has occurred in four patients. Sixteen patients received other antimicrobial therapy and 11 patients (65 percent) remain without infection and have healed wounds, with follow-up from one to 13 months. One patient has had a relapse, while improvement is apparent in four patients. Complications that occurred in this group included drug-related neutropenia (two patients), diarrhea (two patients), drug allergy (one patient), and catheter-related staphylococcal cellulitis (one patient). Oral ciprofloxacin therapy for chronic osteomyelitis caused by susceptible organisms appears to be as effective as other antimicrobial therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-269
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Issue number4 A
StatePublished - 1987

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