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Table 4 Accompanied osteomyelitis, clinical course, and results of the patients

From: Primarily treated patients versus referred patients in the treatment of native septic arthritis of digits: a retrospective comparative study

  Primary patients
(n = 11)
Referred patients
(n = 34)
p-value
Accompanied osteomyelitis (yes/no) 6/5 28/6 0.062
Number of incision and debridementa 2 (1–2) [1–3] 4 (3–6) [1–10] < 0.001
Flap surgery (yes/no) 0/11 7/27 0.168
Number of microorganismsa 1 (1–1) [0–1] 1 (1–1) [0–3] 0.725
Duration of antibiotic treatmenta (wk) 4 (4–6) [3–6] 6 (6–6) [5–7] < 0.001
Hospital staya (day) 25 (23–29) [22–40] 33 (28–37) [21–45] 0.005
Spontaneous union (united/not united) 1/10 15/19 0.067
Range of motion at last follow-upa (°) 20 (10–25) [0–30] 5 (0–10) [0–20] < 0.001
Quick DASH scorea 11.3 (5–18.2) [5–18.2] 15.0 (9.1–15.0) [5–38.6] 0.121
  1. Significant values shown in bold
  2. DASH Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand
  3. aMann-Whitney U-test. Median (25th–75th percentiles) [range] presented