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Short individualised treatment of bone and joint infections in Danish children
  1. Allan Bybeck Nielsen1,
  2. Ulrikka Nygaard2,
  3. Thomas Hoffmann1,
  4. Kim Kristensen3
  1. 1 Pediatric Department, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Hvidovre, Denmark
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. 3 Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Naestved, Naestved, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Allan Bybeck Nielsen, Pediatric Department, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Hvidovre 2650, Denmark; allan{at}

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Short individualised treatment of paediatric bone and joint infections, based on clinical and laboratory response, has the potential to reduce the duration of antibiotic therapy, but only few data exist on this treatment.1–4 In Denmark, short individualised treatment was recommended from 2012.

This is a retrospective study of all children aged 3 months to 16 years with bone and joint infections treated between 2012 and 2016 at two paediatric departments in Copenhagen. Children with osteomyelitis (OM) were included if the diagnosis was confirmed by MRI, positron emission tomography-CT, technetium bone scintigraphy or X-ray. Children with septic arthritis (SA) …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval The Danish Data Protection Board and the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.