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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Overview)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon. Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks will lead to cure.


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How long does a jaw bone infection after root canal take to heal?

How long does a jaw bone infection after root canal take to heal?

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. Typically a week, give or take. Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Overview)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon. Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks will lead to cure.


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What are some of the symptoms of a bone infection?

What are some of the symptoms of a bone infection?

Pain: Also, fever, chills, redness and swelling. Sometimes a tract will form in the skin called a sinus and will drain. Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

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 blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization. Read more

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What are signs that I have a bone infection?

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What are signs that I have a bone infection?

Pain: The most common sign of bone infection (otherwise known as osteomyelitis) is localized pain. If the infection spreads and enters the bloodstream, you can get the usual septic picture with fever, high heart rate, and possibly low blood pressure. Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is bone infection?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is bone infection?

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 blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization. X-rays can also help. Read more

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How does a physician diagnose bone infections?

How does a physician diagnose bone infections?

Clinical...: Clinical evaluation, blood tests for inflammation (e.g., esr, c-reactive protein, cbc, alkaline phosphatase, bone scan, x-ray, mri. Read more

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How serious could a bone infection be?

How serious could a bone infection be?

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. Read more

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What kind of test do you go through if you have a bone infection?

What kind of test do you go through if you have a bone infection?

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 times, at least in acute osteomyelitis, blood cultures will be positive. Staphylococci are among the most common bacteria in this infection. Read more

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What are the tests for bone infection?

What are the tests for bone infection?

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 could be used. Read more

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Could an impacted infected wisdom tooth cause a bone infection of the skull?

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' it can then become infected. If this happens, or it becomes infected for other reasons, then infection can spread to the adjacent bone of the skull. It then becomes know as osteomyelitis. Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat bone infection?

What's the most effective way to treat bone infection?

And debridement: In certain instances, the help of either a vascular or orthopaedic surgeon is needed, to remove (debride) overwhelmingly infected bone, since no amount of antibiotic will achieve a high enough level to kill bacteria. Read more

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What is the treatment for a bone infection?

What is the treatment for a bone infection?

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 involved, what the organism causing the infection is, what the status of your immune system is, and other factors. May need consultation with an infectious diseases doctor and an orthopedist. Read more

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Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

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 the infected portion of bone. Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more