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Dis Colon Rectum. 1989 Jan;32(1):36-8.

Intraincisional antibiotic in addition to systemic antibiotic treatment fails to reduce wound infection rates in contaminated abdominal surgery. A controlled clinical trial.

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  • 1Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Rigshospitalet, University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.


One hundred ninety patients with peritonitis at the time of abdominal surgery were allocated at random to systemic antibiotic treatment alone or systemic antibiotic treatment combined with topical application of antibiotics in the wound at the time of wound closure. The overall wound infection rate was 17 percent without significant difference between the two treatment groups (P greater than 0.80).

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