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Antibiotics for treating osteomyelitis in people with sickle cell disease

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Abstract

Background

Osteomyelitis (both acute and chronic) is one of the most common infectious complications in people with sickle cell disease. There is no standardized approach to antibiotic therapy and treatment is likely to vary from country to country. Thus, there is a need to identify the efficacy and safety of different antibiotic treatment approaches for people with sickle cell disease suffering from osteomyelitis.

Objectives

To determine whether an empirical antibiotic treatment approach (monotherapy or combination therapy) is effective and safe as compared to pathogen-directed antibiotic treatment and whether this effectiveness and safety is dependent on different treatment regimens, age or setting.

Search methods

We searched The Group's Haemoglobinopathies Trials Register, which comprises references identified from comprehensive electronic database searches and handsearching of relevant journals and abstract books of conference proceedings. We also searched the LILACS database (1982 to 2 November 2012), African Index Medicus (3 November 2012), ISI Web of Knowledge (3 November 2012) and World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (3 November 2012).

Date of most recent search of the Group's Haemoglobinopathies Trials Register: 29 October 2012.

Selection criteria

We searched for published or unpublished randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials.

Data collection and analysis

Each author intended to independently extract data and assess trial quality by standard Cochrane Collaboration methodologies, but no eligible randomised controlled trials were identified.

Main results

This update was unable to find any randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials on antibiotic treatment approaches for osteomyelitis in people with sickle cell disease.

Authors' conclusions

We were unable to identify any relevant trials on the efficacy and safety of the antibiotic treatment approaches for people with sickle cell disease suffering from osteomyelitis. Randomised controlled trials are needed to establish the optimum antibiotic treatment for this condition.

There are no trials included in the review and we have not identified any relevant trials up to October 2012. We therefore do not plan to update this review until new trials are published.

Plain language summary

Antibiotics for treating osteomyelitis in people with sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world. Osteomyelitis, a bone infection, is one of the major complications. Antibiotics are given to treat it, but there is no worldwide standard treatment. We did an update of search randomised controlled trials which compared antibiotics (alone or in combination) with other antibiotics. We wanted to know if the different antibiotic treatments were effective, if they were safe, and which doses worked best for osteomyelitis in people with sickle cell disease. This update did not find any trials to include in this review. We conclude that a randomised controlled trial should attempt to answer these questions. There are no trials included in the review and we have not identified any relevant trials up to October 2012. We therefore do not plan to update this review until new trials are published.

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