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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I have a bone infection in my foot. Could i die from it?

I have a bone infection in my foot. Could i die from it?

Not likely but...: If you have an underlying medical problem such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, and if the infection spreads into the bloodstream and you are immunocompromised, death can (rarely) treat it. Taking it seriously, getting the medical and/or surgical care needed reduces the likelihood of this way down. ...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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I have a bone infection called mastoidis. Would amoxicillin work?

I have a bone infection called mastoidis. Would amoxicillin work?

Maybe: It is dependant on what is the bacteria and whether or not it is sensitive to amoxicillin. Bone infections are difficult to go away and may require longer term IV atbx if it is truely in the bone. Get a culture if it is possible if the first line antibiotic does not work. ...Read more

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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 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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How to tell if you have a bone infection?

How to tell if you have a bone infection?

Usually pain : Osteomyelitis (bone infection) can present many ways. Pain is often present, sometimes accompanied with swelling, fever, drainage, and redness. Imaging studies and labs can also help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a bone infection.?

Describe the features of a bone infection.?

Osteomyelitis: When bone get infected we call it osteomyelitis is defined as an inflammation or an infection in the bone marrow and surrounding bone. The disease is classified as either acute or chronic. Bone pain; fever; general discomfort, uneasiness, or ill-feeling (malaise) local swelling, redness, and warmth. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a bone infection?

What is the cure for a bone infection?

Antibiotics/Surgery: Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, usually caused by bacteria. Typically, the infected and/or dead bone needs to be surgically removed. Once the bone has been cultured and the type of bacteria identifed, appropriate antibiotic therapy is started. Some infections require long term IV antibiotics (6 or more weeks). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of osteomylitis bone infection?

What are the symptoms of osteomylitis bone infection?

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. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a bone infection called ostmitis?

What is it like to have a bone infection called ostmitis?

U mean Osteomyelitis: One will have fever, chills maybe, pain in the affected bone, with redness, local warmth, severe tenderness, difficulty to move the adjacent joints. Throbbing pain & overlying skin might breakdown with obvious pus draining. One needs early Diagnosis an immediate treatment with I/V antibiotics, surgery to decompress the affected bone or maybe even removal of some dead bone. See an Orthopod soon. ...Read more

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Is it possible fro a bone infection return for no reason?

Is it possible fro a bone infection return for no reason?

No: There is always a reason. Generally it may involve the organism causing the infection, the treatment used and its duration, whether a primary focus of infection has been overlooked or inapparent, and other factors. The patient should be seen by an infectious diseases expert and possibly an orthopedic surgeon working together. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a bone infection and an abscess?

Is there a difference between a bone infection and an abscess?

Yes: An abscess does not necessarily/usually involve bone. Bone infection does not necessarily cause an abscess. Abscess is a walled off pocket of dead tissue (pus) somewhere in the body. ...Read more

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Does a bone infection make the bones hurt & how is it diagnosed?

Does a bone infection make the bones hurt & how is it diagnosed?

Yes,it usually hurts: Please see a dr soon.Bone infections are very dangerous and often need surgery and long term IV antibiotics to treat.X-ray or ct may assist in diagnosis, with exam, CBC and sed rate. ...Read more

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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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How do you define bone infection?

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. ...Read more

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What does bone infection look like?

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 and culture, but the presence of osteomyelitis (bone infection) may be suspected clinically and supported by imaging studies, including ct, MRI and nuclear scans. ...Read more

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How serious can a bone infection get?

Fairly serious: Bone infections ( osteomyelitis ) is generally curable in its acute form with antimicrobials alone. It requires about 6 weeks of therapy, however which may need to be iv. If, however, the infection is not recognized and treated in the acute stage, adequate surgical cleaning up of the bone is required with the antimicrobials to cure. If not an option, antimicrobial suppression may be used. ...Read more

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What happens if they find a bone infection?

Osteomyelitis...: Is the medical name for a bone infection and is treated for a 4-6 weeks with antimicrobials. In chronic osteomyelitis, the area must be cleared of necrotic (dead) bone fragments to facilitate a cure with antimicrobials. ...Read more

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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'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 definition or description of: bone infection?

Bonemarrow infection: 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. ...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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Can you get a bone infection from steping on a rusty nail ?

Yes. : The nail does not have to hit the bone. If there is infection of the soft tissue around the bone and it is not treated properly, it can spread to the bones. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a deep bone infection after surgery?

What are the symptoms of a deep bone infection after surgery?

Osteomyelitis: An infection in a bone is called osteomyelitis. The primary signs and symptoms of osteomyelitis include fever or chills, irritability or lethargy in young kids, pain in the area where the infection is, and swelling, warmth and redness over the area of the infection. If you or someone you are caring for has any of these signs & symptoms please go to a medical clinic for an exam immediately! ...Read more

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Could you have osteomylitis bone infection without having a fever?

Yes: Yes, contiguous focus osteomyelitis frequently occurs without fever. Local signs and symptoms are frequently present. ...Read more

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Best treatment for maxilla bone infection?

Best treatment for maxilla bone infection?

Osteomyelitis: This infection of the maxillary bone will best be managed by an oral surgeon, hopefully in collaboration with an infectious diseases expert. The most common organism is actinomyces species, but any of the oral/periodontal flora may be involved. As in most forms of osteomyelitis a combination of surgical debridement combined with long tern antibiotic will be necessary. Good luck. ...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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Is there another way to search for bone infection besides going to the doctor?

You have to go to : The doctor, this very serious problem and the diagnosis and the treatment is not easily done. ...Read more

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My son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. How long does it take to recover?

My son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. How long does it take to recover?

Osteomyelitis: is usually treated with weeks of IV antibiotics. Once things have stablized, some practitioners will send patients home with an indwelling catheter and a home health nurse to complete the treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. anyone ever had one and how long did it take to recover?

Osteomyelitis : Bone infections are usually treat with two or three weeks of IV antibiotics. Occasionally, treatment can be completed at home with a surgically inserted 'port', which a home health nurse will use to administer the medication. ...Read more

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Is leg amputation the only option for a bone infection?

Is leg amputation the only option for a bone infection?

It depends.: It depends on the extent of the infection; if the infection is into a joint; how good/bad is the circulation in the leg? Can the patient undergo perhaps several long surgeries. Is the patient diabetic. Does the patient walk now - if not they probably won't walk after surgery so why risk ur life with several surgeries for a leg u don't really use. This issue is 2 complicated to answer in 400 words. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of doxycycline in the curing of bone infection?

What is the success rate of doxycycline in the curing of bone infection?

Osteomyelitis: A true bone infection (osteomyelitis) is serious and requires usually IV drug treatment for few weeks. Doxycycline will generally not be the drug of choice and not very successful. You would need xrays, MRI or ct scan to confirm the diagnosis. Not treating it correctly or incompletely may result in the need of major surgery. ...Read more

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Big toe broken then got bone infection?

Big toe broken then got bone infection?

Have it evaluated.: With an infection you will need antibiotics. If the infection is down to bone you may need to have the infected bone removed. You may need IV antibiotics. You may also benefit with hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Have your foot evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. W. james Chon
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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


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