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J Bone Jt Infect. 2018 Apr 12;3(2):68-72. doi: 10.7150/jbji.23901. eCollection 2018.

Antibiotic Containing Bone Substitute in Major Hip Surgery: A Long Term Gentamicin Elution Study.

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Lithuanian University of Health, Kaunas, Lithuania.
Dept of Orthopedics, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
Dept of Orthopedics, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Objectives: The objective is to present the antibiotic elution from a locally implanted gentamicin containing hydroxyapatite and calcium sulphate bone substitute with an extended follow up of 30 days. We also compare the pharmacokinetics of the ceramic bone substitute with a published study on gentamicin containing poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) bone cement used in primary total hip arthroplasty. Methods: Gentamicin release was measured in the urine for a month and the serum for 4 days in 10 patients operated for trochanteric hip fractures and 10 patients in uncemented hip revisions. 17 patients were followed up at one year and 3 patients at 6 months. Results and Discussion: The gentamicin concentrations measured in serum were low and approximately 100 times less than in urine during the first days, indicating high local concentrations at the implant site. The elution from the biphasic bone substitute showed a stronger burst and higher gentamicin concentrations for the first week compared to that reported for PMMA used in hip arthroplasty. Also, for the bone substitute a complete gentamicin elution was obtained after 30 days, while for the PMMA cement sub-inhibitory MIC levels of gentamicin were still present in urine 60 days past surgery. No infections were detected. Conclusions: A new biphasic bone substitute containing antibiotics could potentially be used to prevent infection in patients treated for trochanteric hip fractures or uncemented hip revisions. The gentamicin elution from the bone substitute is efficient with high initial local gentamicin concentrations and complete release at 30 days.


antibiotics; bone graft substitute; elution; gentamicin; infection; prevention

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Competing Interests: Prof Lars Lidgren is a member of the board of BONESUPPORT AB and Orthocell Ltd.

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