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How many people are susceptible to have osteomyelitis?

How many people are susceptible to have osteomyelitis?

Hard to answer: People with normal immune systems are not generally susceptible to osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis is not a frequent disease, but there are certain factors that contribute to developing it. Bloodstream infection, called sepsis, is a major one. Also, traumatic injuries causing exposure of the bone to the outside environment may lead to it. Weakened immune system also predisposes to it. ...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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Why is the mandible more susceptible to osteomyelitis?

Continuity?: Ask to an infectious disease specialist. Maybe continuity with the teeth and dental abscesses which are close to it. Other reason may be the structure of the bone at the jaw. Pts. On chemotherapy receiving medications for osteoporosis i.e. Alendronate have a particular weak structure of the bone there. ...Read more

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Why is the mandible more susceptible to osteomyelitis than other bones?

Why is the mandible more susceptible to osteomyelitis than other bones?

Connected to mouth: The mandible is the lower jaw bone and serves as the insertion for the lower teeth. Periodontal disease, cavities and abscesses can introduce bacteria into the mandible. Once bacteria make it into the bone, an infection can become established. Osteomyelitis is treated with antibiotic to kill the bacteria and surgery to remove dead and infected bone. ...Read more

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Is osteomyelitis painful?

Can be: If pus in bone is under great pressure bone pain is likely to occur. if cortex or perisoteium of bone contains abscess formation pain is also an issue due to pressure. Sometimes purulent material can cause infarction of bone , another sometimes painful process. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean to osteomyelitis?

What does it mean to osteomyelitis?

Bone infection: Osteomyelitis is infection in bone. Infections can reach bone via bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue. Osteomyelitis can also begin in the bone itself if an injury exposes the bone to bacteria. ...Read more

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How fast will osteomyelitis spread?

How fast will osteomyelitis spread?

Varies: It varies for each individual, based on other medical conditions the patient may or may not have. ...Read more

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What are the tests for osteomyelitis?

What are the tests for osteomyelitis?

Labs and radiographs: A combination of lab tests, x-rays and advanced imaging techniques are used to diagnose osteomyelitis. Physical exam is also very important to identify the injured area. Fever, chills, fatigue, pain and draining wounds can all be signs of a bone infection. Cbc, c- reactive protein, ESR are typical labs. Plain x-rays, mri's, bone scans and tagged wbc's scan are used to identify abnormal bone. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of osteomyelitis?

What are the symptoms of osteomyelitis?

Ususally pain: Swelling and redness particularly if bone close to skin surface.Fever. If pus in bone is under great pressure bone pain is likely to occur. if cortex or periosteum of bone contains abscess formation pain is also an issue due to pressure. Sometimes purulent material can cause infarction of bone , another sometimes painful process.Blood tests usually show elevated white blood cells and inflammation ...Read more

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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