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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
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 inflammationSee 1 more doctor answer
My 8 month old was diagnosed with osteomyelitis in both tibias and had to have surgery and no one could explain how it happened? How did he get it?
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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!See 2 more doctor answers
Depends on type: In adults, osteomyelitis can be either acute or chronic. People with diabetes, HIV, or peripheral vascular disease are more prone to chronic osteomyelitis, which persists or recurs, despite treatment. More extensive therapy and debridement may be necessary. CRMO, chronic recurrent multifoclal osteomyel. Occurs in children 5-15 yrs. Affects multiple sites for years. Autoimmune, no bacteria, rx NSAIDs.See 2 more doctor answers
Salmonella osteo: This depends upon whether this is acute vs. Chronic osteomyelitis. In the chronic form you may need input from an orthopedical surgeon for debridement of devitalized bone combined with a long-term antibiotic preferrably given iv, although if sensitive to a fluorinated quinolone like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) this may be effective orally over at least a 4 wk course.See 1 more doctor answer
M suffering frm osteomyelitis frm past 5 years in left femur bone n undergone 10 surgeries but still it is not cured. Cn it be cured by homeopathy?
Scientific evidence?: Osteomyelitis is a very difficult problem to have and to treat. The key to success is complete removal of all non-viable tissue. A deep infection should be treated aggressively (as if it were cancer), leaving no suspicious tissue behind. If that somehow cannot be done where you are, seek higher level of care at a university medical center. This is not the time to go with unproven treatment.
Bloodborne: Usually, blood born infection, from use of non sterile needles, is the cause of bone infection in drug users.
Why is there an increased risk of developing osteomyelitis in sickle cell anaemia patients having salmonella infection only? (pathogenesis)
Sickle cell disease: Although salmonella frequently cause osteomyelitis in sickle cell dz patients, it isn't the most common cause - the most common cause remains staphylococcus. Sickle cell dz predisposes to infections including osteomyelitis due to: hyposplenism & infarcted bone (due to microvascular occlusion). Salmonella is thought to spread from intestine secondary to microinfarction of bowel caused by sickling.See 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 NSAIDsSee 2 more doctor answers