Auricular acupuncture associated with Chinese Phytotherapy and dietary counseling in the treatment of nosocomial post-surgical knee osteomyelitis resistant to antibiotics

Huang W. L. โ€“ M.D.ยน, Huang T.T, Huang A.P.S. โ€“ M.D., Bartocci M.C. โ€“ M.D.
Brazil

Introduction:

Chronic osteomyelitis: a chronic bone infection, with persistence of pathogenic microorganisms, in about 5% of open fractures.
For the Center for Disease Control (CDC, EUA), nosocomial infection is that which is not present, nor incubated on hospital admittance.

Aim:

To demonstrate that Auricular Acupuncture, Chinese Phytotherapy and Dietary counseling is crucial for the successful treatment of nosocomial post-surgical knee osteomyelitis resistant to antibiotics.

Methods:

D.A.P, female, 23,
Dec.17-28, 2004 – open bone reduction 11 days after a traffic accident. Cephazoline sodium (IV) used prophylactically.
Jan. 2005 – acute osteomyelitis diagnosed, Cephalothin and Garamycin (IV) for four weeks.
Feb. 2005 – Vancomycin (IV) for four weeks.
March 2005 – Imipenem (IV) used. Ciprofloxacin at home.
June 2005 – surgical debridement - no improvement.
March 8, 2006 – secretion culture: Pseudomonas aerugenosa sensitive only to Polimixin B.
Jan. 3, 2007 – an infectologist was recommended who discontinued the antibiotics, using instead Dietary counseling, Auricular points with bleeding on the top of the ear and Phytotherapy (Long Dan Xie Gan Tang).
Feb. 2007 – lost 30 kilos and secretion improved. Painless knee.
June 16, 2007 – bone consolidation, removal of the synthesis material.
March 2010 - no fistulas were evident.

Result:

The patient had an excellent recovery only when she started the treatment using Acupuncture associated with top of the ear bleeding, Phytotherapy and Dietary counseling.

Conclusion:

Auricular acupuncture, phytotherapy, and dietary counseling is very important for success in the treatment of nosocomial post-surgical knee osteomyelitis resistant to antibiotics.

The treatment using only antibiotics was not effective for this patient.


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