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Osteomyelitis of the foot: non-surgical management, SPECT/CT scanning and minimising the duration of antibiotic use

William J. Jeffcoate


In a paper in this issue of Diabetologia (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-017-4417-x), Vouillarmet and colleagues have explored the use of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/computed tomography (CT) to define remission during non-surgical management of osteomyelitis of the foot. Their experience in a non-controlled observational study of 45 individuals was that a negative white blood cell-SPECT/CT scan is a reliable marker of remission, while a positive scan at the end of antibiotic treatment may be relatively useful in the prediction of future short- to medium-term relapse. These findings and conclusions are discussed in the light of current uncertainties relating to the diagnosis of bone infection and the lack of any tested measure that can be used to indicate either its presence or its persistence. In this respect, it is concluded that the value of this approach, and in which population, remains to be clearly established.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00125-017-4429-6

DOI: 10.1007/s00125-017-4429-6

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