A 21-year-old female asked:
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i had osteomyelitis as a child. i was told it was brought on by strep throat. how is this possible? (infection located in r heel)

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Hematogenous: Osteomyelitis. An infection in one location such as the throat travels through the bloodstream and seeds itself at a distant location, in your case the heel.
Answered on Dec 11, 2016
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Dr. Robert Golenbock
48 years experience Pediatrics
Spread from blood: Osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection of bone that starts from an external source such as a cut or possibly your throat. If the bacteria travel into your bloodstream, they can wind up in the blood vessels of the bone where it is much harder to eradicate the bacteria with antibiotics. Strep is a common cause of osteomyelitis in children.
Answered on Dec 11, 2016
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Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Hematogenous spread: Osteomyelitis in children unlike in adults is often caused by hematogenous or blood stream spread. You could have had a bacteremia from your strep throat that seeded your bone and caused osteomyelitis.
Answered on Dec 11, 2016
Dr. Darrell Latva
41 years experience Podiatry
AHO: It's called hematogenous osteomyelitis (AHO), common in kids w/ a "distant infection"; in your case, the strep throat. Staph is the most common infecting bacteria. Of the different forms of osteomyelitis, AHO is one that can be frequently treated w/ antibiotics only and not requiring surgery. Sincerely, Dr. Latva
Answered on Dec 11, 2016
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