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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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My husband got a bone infection at the hospital. Could it have been prevented?

My husband got a bone infection at the hospital. Could it have been prevented?

Hard to say: This is a good question but difficult to answer with any certainty. You see, bone infections can come in different ways. Sometimes a skin infection or ulcer gets deep enough that it gets into the bone. If that is the case, maybe it could have been treated and stopped before reaching the bone. Sometimes infection travels through the blood and settles into bone as well. ...Read more

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Is osteomyelitis painful?

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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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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What are the symptoms of osteomyelitis?

What are the symptoms of osteomyelitis?

Ususally pain: Swelling and redness particularly if in bone close to skin surface. 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 elevatted white blood cells and inflammation. ...Read more

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Will osteomyelitis kill me?

Will osteomyelitis kill me?

Possible: Osteomielitis it is a severe infection of the bone. This can lead to sepsis which has a very high mortality rate. ...Read more

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Will biopsies help to detect osteomyelitis?

Will biopsies help to detect osteomyelitis?

Yes: There are a few ways to diagnose osteo . From my experience, bone biopsies are done less these days because imaging modalities like MRI are so sensitive. ...Read more

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What is chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis?

What is chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis?

Multiple bone sites: CRMO,chronic recurrent multifoclal osteomyel.Occurs in child not at same time and over years..Can occur in epiphysis, metaphysis and diaphysis of long bones, vertebrae.Characteristic lesions sometimes seen in clavicles. Biopsy shows no bacteria, but lymphocytes and plasma cells. Can result in leg length discrepancy or angulated bones.RX NSAIDS and recently EMBREL.Believed autoimmune process. ...Read more

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What is chronic osteomyelitis and how can you treat it?

Depends: Depends on where you have it, what bone is involved, the extent of the infecitons and your overall health, medications and previous treatments. You may need surgery to take out infected bone, then may need months of IV antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and more of each of these depending on response. You may need multiple doctors and treatments. Good luck! ...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