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J Orthop Res. 2012 Feb;30(2):203-8. doi: 10.1002/jor.21522. Epub 2011 Aug 3.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a mouse model of implant-associated osteomyelitis.

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  • 1Hyperion Biotechnology, San Antonio, Texas 78248, USA. sabrinashandley@hyperionbiotechnology.com


Implant associated osteomyelitis (OM) is difficult to treat with antibiotics, and outcomes remain poor. Some reports suggest that hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a safe and effective means of treating OM. We tested this hypothesis in a murine model. Clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae were used. The mice were infected with each of the three pathogens, treated with 100% oxygen at high pressure, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO), and monitored for the ability of HBO to prevent and/or clear the OM infection. Assessments included bacterial burden of the tibias and lesion scores, as well as receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) concentrations. HBO resulted in more severe lesion scores and higher RANKL and MPO concentrations for MRSA. A significant positive correlation was found between RANKL concentration and lesion score. No significant difference was found with HBO in P. aeruginosa infections and K. pneumoniae seems to either not infect bone well or get cleared before establishing an infection. The model is useful for studying OM infections caused by MRSA and P. aeruginosa, but HBO does not appear to be an efficacious treatment of an implant-associated OM infection.

Published 2011 Orthopaedic Research Society. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

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