Suppurative chondritis: Its incidence, prevention, and treatment in burn patients

D. C. Mills, L. W. Roberts, A. D. Mason, W. F. McManus, Basil A Pruitt

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A retrospective study of 317 cases of suppurative otochondritis occurring in a population of 4794 burned patients successively admitted to one institution between 1967 and 1984 is presented. During the study interval, the incidence of the disease decreased from 20 percent to less than 3 percent in patients with burns of one or both ears. The bacterial species associated with chondritis, principally Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus species, did not change. Patients admitted later than the second postburn day exhibited a significantly greater incidence of chondritis. The crucial factors in prevention of this complication appear to be avoidance of pressure on burned ears and topical chemotherapeutic control of local Pseudomonas infection. Systemic antibiotic prophylaxis did not appear to influence the incidence in the studied population. Several approaches to clinical management of suppurative chondritis are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume82
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Incidence
Pseudomonas Infections
Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Burns
Staphylococcus
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Population
Therapeutics
Retrospective Studies
Pressure

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Mills, D. C., Roberts, L. W., Mason, A. D., McManus, W. F., & Pruitt, B. A. (1988). Suppurative chondritis: Its incidence, prevention, and treatment in burn patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 82(2), 267-276.

Suppurative chondritis : Its incidence, prevention, and treatment in burn patients. / Mills, D. C.; Roberts, L. W.; Mason, A. D.; McManus, W. F.; Pruitt, Basil A.

In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 82, No. 2, 1988, p. 267-276.

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Mills, DC, Roberts, LW, Mason, AD, McManus, WF & Pruitt, BA 1988, 'Suppurative chondritis: Its incidence, prevention, and treatment in burn patients', Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 82, no. 2, pp. 267-276.
Mills DC, Roberts LW, Mason AD, McManus WF, Pruitt BA. Suppurative chondritis: Its incidence, prevention, and treatment in burn patients. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1988;82(2):267-276.
Mills, D. C. ; Roberts, L. W. ; Mason, A. D. ; McManus, W. F. ; Pruitt, Basil A. / Suppurative chondritis : Its incidence, prevention, and treatment in burn patients. In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1988 ; Vol. 82, No. 2. pp. 267-276.
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