Clean margin after bone infection




Here is an example of a patient that needed the 2nd toe amputated.  Afterward this patient developed a bone infection called “osteomylitis” in the bone and more of the bone was removed.  When taking that portion of the bone another sliver of bone is taken called a “clean margin.”  This is a portion of bone that is sent to a specialized doctor called a pathologist to look at the bone and determine if there is any further bone infection.  This patient here had a “clean margin.”  That means the other small section of bone did not have any infection.  This is very important so we can determine if or how long antibiotics are needed after bone infection.