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Could you have osteomylitis bone infection without having a fever?

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is it possible for acute osteomylitis, (in femer bone) to spread to the brain? By accute, I am meaning I have had 3 surgeries to remove the infection

Is it possible for acute osteomylitis, (in femer bone) to spread to the brain? By accute, I am meaning I have had 3 surgeries to remove the infection

Yes: An infection any place in the body can spread to any other part of the body. However, if you are under the care of a doctor and receiving proper care and sufficient antibiotic coverage, the problem is more local in nature and spread is not likely.

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Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Post op pain: It could be a dry socket or you may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Difficult teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon.

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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.

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What happens if they find a bone infection?

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.

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What are signs that I have a bone infection?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there another way to search for bone infection besides going to the doctor?

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.

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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.

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


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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