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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-84

Pin-track infections: Past, present, and future

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Department of Orthopaedics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Christopher A Iobst
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive Suite A2630, Columbus, Ohio 43205-2696
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jllr.jllr_17_17

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Pin-track infections are a common problem with external fixation and any other implant that breaks the skin barrier. The literature is rich with reports and techniques for treating these infections, but lacks a universally accepted definition of a pin track infection, a single commonly accepted classification, or a standard method of reporting. However, the surgeon can follow a commonly accepted series of practical steps to reduce the occurrence of infection. Continuing development of improved surfaces, substances, and techniques may make pin track infections rarer in the future. Careful preoperative planning, meticulous surgical technique, patient education, and close patient monitoring are all critical to minimize pin-track infections.

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