Published: 2021-05-28

Increasing antimicrobial resistance is not inevitable: in reply to microbiological and antibiotic profile of osteomyelitis tertiary care hospital

Ruth A. Corrigan, Maria Dudareva, Martin McNally


It was with interest and alarm that we read the report by Vijakumar et al regarding antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of pathogens isolated from patients with chronic osteomyelitis.1 The authors reviewed 132 isolates from 100 patients managed in Davangere, Karnataka, South West India between January 2017-December 2019.


Antimicrobial resistance, Antimicrobial susceptibility, Pathogens

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Vijayakumar AB, Reddy YP, Suphala B, Gopalakrishnan A, Vinod Kumar CS. Microbiological and antibiotic profile of osteomyelitis in tertiary care hospital. Int Surg J. 2021;8(3):910-14.

Sheehy SH, Atkins BA, Bejon P, Byren I, Wyllie D, Athanasou NA et al. The microbiology of chronic osteomyelitis: prevalence of resistance to common empirical anti-microbial regimens. J Infect. 2010;60(5):338-43.

Dudareva M, Hotchen AJ, Ferguson J, Hodgson S, Scarborough M, Atkins BL, McNally MA. The microbiology of osteomyelitis: changes over ten years. J Infection. 2019;79: 189-98.

Corrigan RA, Atkins BL, McNally MA. Outcomes of FRI management 2015-2019. 2021. MRSA, MSSA and Gram-negative bacteraemia and CDI: annual report. Available at Accessed 08/03/2021.