What is the optimal duration of antibiotic treatment after surgical debridement of an infected anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR)? Should this be altered when autograft or allograft is retained?

Authors: Rocco Papalia, Andy O. Miller, Christopher Hadley

RECOMMENDATION: Following surgical debridement of an infected anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), antibiotic treatment should be administered for four to six weeks and can be discontinued upon resolution of clinical signs and normalization of laboratory parameters. The available literature does not differentiate between retention or removal of autograft or allograft.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 100%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 0% (Unanimous, Strongest Consensus)

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