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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

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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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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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?

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?

Hematogenous: This osteomyelitis was probably hematogenous or spread through the blood stream from a distant focus of infection or from a transient bacteremia. I hope your little one is all cured now. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for osteomyelitis?

Is there a blood test for osteomyelitis?

No: imaging such as X-rays and MRIs are often used to diagnose osteomyelitis. A bone biopsy can also be considered but is more invasive and generally not performed unless the imaging proves to be equivocal. ...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 do you know about treating osteomyelitis and its outcome?

Very importent: To diagnose osteomyelitis early as possible, treat properly most of the time you will have good outcome. ...Read more

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Can monoclonal gammopathy cause osteomyelitis?

Not realy: It's estimated that between 10 and 25 percent of people with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance develop a more serious condition, such as multiple myeloma or other cancers or blood disorders. Other complications include fractures and blood clots. ...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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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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What is chronic osteomyelitis and how can it be treated?

What is chronic osteomyelitis and how can it be treated?

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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of salmonella osteomyelitis?

What is the treatment of salmonella osteomyelitis?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which drug users get osteomyelitis?

Bloodborne: Usually, blood born infection, from use of non sterile needles, is the cause of bone infection in drug users. ...Read more

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Why is there an increased risk of developing osteomyelitis in sickle cell anaemia patients having salmonella infection only? (pathogenesis)

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. ...Read more

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What is osteomyelitis?

INFECTION IN THE BOE: Usually a bacteria but can be fungal, etc. ...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?

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 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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How do I know that osteomyelitis is gone?

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Tricky: Usually we follow inflammatory markers like the sed rate. When it normalizes it usually means the infection is gone. ...Read more

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If I have osteomyelitis would I be in pain?

If I have osteomyelitis would I be in pain?

Can have pain: 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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How serious of a condition is osteomyelitis?

How serious of a condition is osteomyelitis?

VERY: Very, very serious. See your doctor!

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Could long term osteomyelitis still stay in the body?

Yes: Osteomyelitis is hard to diagnose and treat. It can remain dormant for years or decades, even after aggressive treatment. ...Read more

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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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Osteomyelitis?

What is the definition or description of: Osteomyelitis?

Bone infection: Osteomyelitis refers to an infection that involves bone. Bone infection can develop within a bone or can develop when an infection spreads from an adjacent structure to the bone. Bone infections can sometimes take several weeks of antibiotics to cure and may also require surgical procedures to be performed to clean them out as well. ...Read more

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What do you know about treating osteomyelitis and its outcome?

Very importent: To diagnose osteomyelitis early as possible, treat properly most of the time you will have good outcome. ...Read more

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What can I do to make sure that I have never had osteomyelitis?

What can I do to make sure that I have never had osteomyelitis?

You usually know: Clinical symptoms usually make patient aware of osteomyelitis. If you were an infant and were not made aware of havinf infection you might not know. Usually osteomyelitis becomes evident with bone pain, soft tissue swelling, sometimes redness if bone close to skin, and many times fever. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection) (Definition)

An infection of the bone where bacteria invade the bone and bone marrow. ...Read more