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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Let explain to you.: Osteomyelitis (osteo- derived from the greek word osteon, meaning bone, myelo- meaning marrow, and -itis meaning inflammation) simply means an infecti ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience in Wound care
Bone infection: It is not usual for an infection in the bone to heal itself. Treatments vary widely. Infections in the bone first of all may be difficult to diagnose. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Osteomyelitis: This usually produces pain over the area of bone involved, often fever and other signs and symptoms of inflammation. Diagnosis is best made by biopsy ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Purita
44 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
6 weeks: Bone infections can last for up to six weeks.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience in Podiatry
Not common: If the fracture is truly closed, bacteria should not be able to infect the bone since it isn't exposed to the outside environment. Fractures, where b ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reubel
40 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Infection dependent: This depends on the size of the infection, the amount of time it has been present, the success of the root canal and the proper antibiotic used. Typic ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends.: Simply being impacted may lead to pain but won't necessarily lead to infection, but if debris chronically accumulates around the gum near the tooth' i ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Blass
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
MSSA: Most likely a staph, perhaps mssa or MRSA depending on the community.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain: Also, fever, chills, redness and swelling. Sometimes a tract will form in the skin called a sinus and will drain.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
It is possible: It depends on the size of the exposure. It it is small, usually it does heal but itself. Your doctor may place you on a Peridex (chlorhexidine gluco ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain and swelling: Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion. Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white bl ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience in Dentistry
It shouldn't....: .. Unless the infection is traveling down your neck into that area. You need to have that tooth infection looked at and resolved, and then address the ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in Infectious Disease
Pain: The most common sign of bone infection (otherwise known as osteomyelitis) is localized pain. If the infection spreads and enters the bloodstream, you ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Fero
30 years experience in Medical Oncology
Often yes: Bone marrow transplants are often curative for cancers of the bone marrow, i.e. leukemia. It is even more highly curative of benign bone marrow diseas ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Ruden
37 years experience in Dentistry
Bone enhancement: Bone grafting is performed to reverse the bone loss / destruction caused by periodontal disease, trauma, or ill fitting removable dentures. It is also ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Exam, x-rays, labs: Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion. Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blo ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Not sure exactly what's being asked, but bone grafting is typically done to induce healing of bone at the site of a bony defect - most commonly, a bon ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Clinical...: Clinical evaluation, blood tests for inflammation (e.g., esr, c-reactive protein, cbc, alkaline phosphatase, bone scan, x-ray, mri.
A female asked:
Dr. Mark Williams
33 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Generally, a bone deficiency or osteoporosis is not a a cause of bone spurs (AKA osteophytes) but age related degeneration (osteoarthritis and/or tend ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
It will hurt: Even with a local anesthetic and some sedation, you can expect a fair amount of pain. Be brave and remember that it's being done to promote your impro ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Very serious: Osteomyeolitis is a very serious condition that requires 6 or more weeks of I.V. Antibiotics. This is not something to ignore or hope that it gets bet ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Osteomyelitis..: A bone infection, can be diagnosed by x-ray but it can take 1-2 weeks for changes to be seen. Both MRI and bone scans are positive earlier. Many time ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience in Rheumatology
One process is: Greater. In osteoporosis, bone resorption is more prevalent then bone formation. As a result, a negative bone balance occurs and bone loss will occur ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray bone scan, MRI: There are few tests will do that one is x-ray but this appear in later stages, bone scan is better because it appear early. Mri another test also coul ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
NO: Painless. It looks just like a blood transfusion. You get it through your veins.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No: Many causes for bone pain. Could be related to high uric acid. May be from ancillary medication ( Neupogen or neulasta) or many other possibilities.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Inside bone/tendons.: Bone cysts r contained inside the bone, any where from simple benign @ malignant and need watching. Spurs r at the edges of the bone as in arthritis, ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No: A bone marrow or peripheral blood (pb) stem cell transplant (sct) is not painful. There are various "induction" treatments that depend on the type of ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Bone graft: No, not if it doesn't enter the joint.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
20 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No.: These two problems are not related. However, if a dental bone infection were to go untreated, it could spread to the neck. The inflammation and infe ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
34 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Periosteal : Periosteal reaction may be from the blunt trauma or could be from infection. Wounds should be debrided and deep cultures taken. Infections with multip ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wenjay Sung
13 years experience in Podiatry
Iliac crest graft: No, generally iliac crest graft (bone graft from hip) is taken away from any joints. It is known as the best source for autograft (graft from the sam ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Omega Edwards
18 years experience in Infectious Disease
IV Antibiotics: It takes about six weeks for an infected bone to "turn itself over". During this time, it is important to have high concentrations of antibiotics over ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes.: That's where bone marrow aspiration is commonly done from.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends: This may require a lengthy course of antibiotics, possibly intravenously and may need to be combined with surgery. It will depend on which bone is in ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael McGonigal
38 years experience in General Surgery
Antibiotics/ Surgery: Bone infections are difficult to treat. Antibiotics are used to try to clear the infection. If this is not successful, surgery may be needed to remove ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
No: Antibiotics control and help prevent spread of infection. Unless the cause of the infection is adequately addressed, the problem will return. In this ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
35 years experience in Occupational Medicine
Bone infection: Treat any infection in timely fashion

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