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Chirurgia 2003 April;16(2):67-8

language: Italian

The use of ceftriaxone in short-term prophylaxis in groin hernia surgery

Scarpulla M., Mandina C., Abruzzo F., Vitale A., Geraldi D., Monteleone S., Mandina P.


Aim. The effectiveness of a single dose of ceftriaxone in antibiotic prophylaxis in groin hernia surgery has been assayed.
Methods. From January 1999 to December 2001, 420 patients, 90% of whom presented a primary and 10% a recurrent hernia, were subjected to surgery for groin hernia. The surgical technique employed was the same in all cases, hernioplasty with tension-free prosthesis according to Trabucco.
Results. In postoperative follow-up, no infections of the wound were observed. Short-term prophylaxis with ceftriaxone was well tolerated by all patients and no side-effects were observed.
Conclusion. To conclude, it can be stated that the single dose of ceftriaxone reduces the incidence of perioperative infections; there is an energy saving and the single administration of the drug is well accepted by the patient.

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