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how do you define bone infection?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let explain to you.: Osteomyelitis (osteo- derived from the greek word osteon, meaning bone, myelo- meaning marrow, and -itis meaning inflammation) simply means an infection of the bone or bone marrow.It can be usefully subclassified on the basis of the causative organism (pyogenic bacteria or mycobacteria), the route, duration and anatomic location of the infection. It is the bone you have infection in the tonsiles.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Infections of Bone: The term is osteomyelitis and implies that the organism responsible has gotten into bony tissue beneath the periosteum, which is a thin tissue protective layer on the outside of bone.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long can a bone infection last?

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Dr. Joseph Purita
Orthopedic Surgery 45 years experience
6 weeks: Bone infections can last for up to six weeks.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of osteomylitis bone infection?

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Dr. Vlad Gendelman
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Pain/Redness: There is a wide range of symptoms, including pain, redness over the area, development of an abscess or a draining wound, fevers, chills or possibly none of these. There is blood work that can be collected that can be suggestive of an infection but the only sure way to know is to get a biopsy and collect cultures from the bone itself.
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How serious could a bone infection be?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
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 better on its own.
Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
If antibiotics don't do the trick, surgery might even be required for removal of the infected bone
Dec 23, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
Excellent point by Dr. Gluck, and all the more reason to treat this seriously.
Dec 23, 2011
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can a bone infection heal itself?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
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. Then deciding the time frame -- acute, subacute or chronic-- assists the group of physicians in deciding what the best treatment plans to offer. Patient involvement is very important in the development of the treatment plan. Seek a medical opinion.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How could I tell if I have a bone infection?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
You probably can't : Bone infections can often be diagnosed with a combination of history taking, physical exam, x-rays and certain lab test. There are no sure signs of diagnosing osteomyelitis just by looking at it. Bone infections are serious medical problems, and require prompt diagnosis and treatment. I would recommend to my patients immediate medical evaluation.

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