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Suggest treatment for infected titanium plates

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Dr. Monish De

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Posted on Mon, 25 Aug 2014 in Cancer
Question: MY HUSBAND HAS A TITANIUM PLATE IN HIS HEAD FOR EIGHT YEARS DUE TO CANCER. THE PLAT IS GETTING HIGHLY INFECTED NOW WITH SEVERAL SURGERYS. THIS WORK HAS BEEN GOING ON IN MUSC IN XXXXXXX WILL THIS EVER HEAL OR CAn he live if they take it out. we desperately need your help.

What advice can we take the home health nurse is saying it needs to be removed. it is so hard to get answers since we live 435 miles away from the hospital and we are gettin old and getting more broke from travel
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Answered by Dr. Monish De 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Removal of plate

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Your husbands titanium plate in his head needs to be removed immediately as it has got infected.
As now he is cancer free with the removal of his left eye and part of his head the plate can now be removed otherwise it may cause recurrent infection and it may not heal even with antibiotics.

Hope i have answered your query.

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DR De
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