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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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