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Could you get osteomyelitis twice?

Could you get osteomyelitis twice?

Yes: May get recurrent osteomyelitis in same location if not treated thoroughly.May get osteomyelitis at different site.Multifocal osteo. can occur simultaneously in multiple locations.MRSA osteomyelitis has tendency to be multifocal.CRMO, chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyeltis can affect 2 to 11 or more sites.Not necessarily at same time not caused by bacteria.Autoimmune process treated with NSAIDs ...Read more

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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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What is the mechanism by which drug users get osteomyelitis?

Bloodborne: Usually, blood born infection , from use of non sterile needles, is the cause of bone infection in drug users. ...Read more

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How bad is osteomyelitis in a teenager? Do they get full recovery or not?

How bad is osteomyelitis in a teenager?  Do they get full recovery or not?

Serious: Osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection in the bone. This infection requires 4 to 6 weeks (or more) of intravenous antibiotics. In some cases, surgery is required for complete healing. In most cases, with early recognition and appropriate therapy, a complete recovery can be expected. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get osteomyelitis outside of the bone?

Is it possible to get osteomyelitis outside of the bone?

Osteomyelitis: by definition is infection specifically of the bone, but the infection can spread to other areas via the bloodstream or direct extension. If it did spread to other non-bony regions it would no longer be termed osteomyelitis in those areas. ...Read more

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Could you get vertebral osteomyelitis from a donor bone?

Yes: Osteomyelitis is "infection of the bone"; it is possible to get infection either from the donor bone or introduced during the surgical procedure. ...Read more

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How could you get osteomyelitis without having a prior infection/abscess?

Great question: In patients who have not had surgery and now possess osteomyelitis, the typical cause is the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream. Even brushing our teeth can push bacteria into our bloodstream. Sometimes those bacteria land on a particular tissue and start an infectious process. ...Read more

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My 8 month old was diagnosed with osteomyelitis in both tibias and had to have surgery and no one could explain how it happened? How did he get it?

My 8 month old was diagnosed with osteomyelitis in both tibias and had to have surgery and no one could explain how it happened? How did he get it?

Hematogenous : This osteomyelitis was probably hematogenous or spread through the blood stream from a distant focus of infection or from a transient bacteremia. I hope your little one is all cured now. ...Read more

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Can you get osteomyelitis on the outside of a bone with no trauma to the bone itself with no infection through the blood?

Can you get osteomyelitis on the outside of a bone with no trauma to the bone itself with no infection through the blood?

Yes it is possible: Yes it is possible as a complication of cellulitis wchich is the infection under the skin caused by bacteria and involves the skins deeper layers that is dermis and subcutaneous tissues and often caused by staph pr strep bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection) (Definition)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone where bacteria invade the bone and bone marrow. ...Read more