Research Article| Volume 18, ISSUE 5, P350-353, September 1987

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Local muscle flaps in the treatment of chronic osteomyelitis—the introduction of new vasculature

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      Four cases of chronic osteomyelitis successfully managed with local muscle flaps after sequestrectomy are reported. The success of this method in controlling chronic osteomyelitis lies in the introduction of a new vasculature, which provides nutrients, sufficient antibiotics, host defence system and osteoprogenitor cells to the post-sequestrectomy bed. The osteoprogenitor cells are responsible for the incorporation of residual avascular bone into the adjacent living bone by creeping substitution.
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