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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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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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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. ...Read more

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Infection in toe, whole toe throbbing, doc appt monday, do I need to be seen immediately or can this wait? Worried about bone infection...

Infection in toe, whole toe throbbing, doc appt monday, do I need to be seen immediately or can this wait? Worried about bone infection...

?fever, red lines?: I suspect you may have an infected ingrown nail having had them myslef, they can be extremely painful. The big decision is can you wiat for three days. If there is no fever, there is no streaking up your foot/leg, and you are able to tolerate the pain until monday, then you can wait. Soak your foot in epsom salts, gently pull the overgrown skin away from nail. Take Ibuprofen for pain as needed. ...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?

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'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 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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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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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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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. ...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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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 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. ...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

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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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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