What differentiates acute from chronic osteomyelitis (OM)? Is it clinically important to distinguish one from the other?

Authors: Peter Giannoudis, Costas Papakostidis

RECOMMENDATION: Current literature is lacking consistent criteria for a distinct time point that differentiates the acute and chronic forms of infection. Differentiating between acute and chronic types may have practical implications on treatment plan and final prognosis.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 95%, Disagree: 5%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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