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Polyanhydride materials characterized as surface corrosion resistance, biodegradability and adjustable release rate have been used as drug delivery materials for the body, but the application of polysebacic anhydride delivery system has been rarely reported.


To study the role of gatifloxa-polysebacic anhydride local delivery system in the prevention of osteomyelitis in rabbits.


According to Norden method, we made Staphylococcus aureus-induced osteomyelitis models in the femur of 30 rabbits. There were three groups in the study, 10 rats in each group. Gatifloxa-polysebacic anhydride local delivery system and gatifloxa were respectively used in comparison with model group. After modeling, general observation, anatomical observation, X-ray examination, bone culture and bacteria counting, and histological examination were performed.


After 8 weeks, animals in the model group presented with poor appetite, rough fur, and weight loss. Among these 10 rabbits, 3 rabbits died within 3 weeks, and another 7 rabbits appeared to have severe periosteal reactions on the X-ray films, that is, abscess formation shown in the anatomical examination and visible manifestation of osteomyelitis through bone culture and histological examination. In the gatifloxa group, two rabbits died within 3 weeks, abscess formation was found in four rabbits, and periosteal reactions were mild without bone sequestration. Six of 10 rabbits in the gatifloxa appeared to have manifestation of osteomyelitis. In the delivery system group, the animals had a good general state of health and no abnormality was found in the anatomical examination, X-ray examination, bone culture and bacteria count, and histological examination. These findings indicate that the gatifloxa-polysebacic anhydride local sustained release preparation could effectively prevent osteomyelitis.

Subject headings:

osteomyelitis; biocompatible materials; infection; femur

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