Does vancomycin help spinal tumor patients? 5 key notes

By Laura Dyrda

A new study published in Spine examines intrawound vancomycin to prevent surgical site infection for patients with spinal tumors and non-spinal tumor patients.

The researchers examined a series of 334 patients who underwent open posterior instrumented surgeries at a single institution between October 2011 and June 2014.

1. There was 1 gram of vancomycin powder sprayed into the surgical site before placing the drain. There were 25 patients with a tumor and 129 patients without tumors in the “before” period and 27 patients with tumors and 153 patients without tumors in the “after” period.


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