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Can osteomyelitis in the wrist spread to the spine?

Can osteomyelitis in the wrist spread to the spine?

Yes...: Although rare, it can happen. Once the bacteria are inside your body, they can travel through your blood vessels and infect different areas of the body. ...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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Very swollen middle right finger at the last joint but numb but to the top but painfull to the palm of my hand feels like in the bone. Infection prob?

Very swollen middle right finger at the last joint but numb but to the top but painfull to the palm of my hand feels like in the bone. Infection prob?

The? Is confusing-: -but it sounds like the tip of the finger is swollen & tight as well as numb. If there was a penetrating wound, like a thorn... It could B an infection in the pulp of the tip, but these initially R very painful. If it's more in the joint area, it could B a tendon sheath infec. Both conditions R serious, if it is painful 2 flex it, call Ur ortho guy 4 eval. ...Read more

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I have traumatic dislocation of wrist I also suffer osteomyelitis. in a urgent orthopedic care told me to wait until monday to see if I get surgery. ?

Phase I Wrist Rehab: It would be helpful to know your age and mechanism of injury. Osteomyelitis is hard to diagnose in an UC. Do you mean osteoarthritis? Wrist dislocations often occur in sports medicine. Treatment is approached in 5 phases. Phase 1 centers on control of inflammation and edema using RICE. Closed reduction is attempted after neuromuscular exam and X-rays but may fail calling for surgical reduction. ...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 do I know that osteomyelitis is gone?

How do I know that osteomyelitis is gone?

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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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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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 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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Can osteomyelitis occur in your sinuses?

Can osteomyelitis occur in your sinuses?

Yes by extension: Infection starts in paranasal sinuses and infects contiguous bone causing secondary osteomyelitis. ...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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Is osteomyelitis related to poor wound healing?

Is osteomyelitis related to poor wound healing?

Can be related: Open wound over a bone can lead to osteomyelitis. This happens most commonly with underlying peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, or diabetes. With an open fracture (compound fracture), the bone that punctures through the skin is exposed to bacteria. This increases risk of osteomyelitis.Recent surgery or injection around a bone can also expose the bone to bacteria and osteomyelitis ...Read more

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If you have osteomyelitis, could it show up in blood work?

If you have osteomyelitis, could it show up in blood work?

Yes: Bacteria can sometimes be isolated in blood cultures causing osteomyelitis. Also blood work can show increased white blood cells and increased inflammatory markers suggestive of infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have osteomyelitis of your spine without a fever?

Is it possible to have osteomyelitis of your spine without a fever?

Yes: Fever occurs in less than 50% of vertebral osteomyelitis cases. Back pain and an elevated sedimentation rate both occur in greater than 90% of cases. Mri scan is by far the most sensitive and specific test to confirm the diagnosis and to insure there is no para vertebral spread of infection. ...Read more

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How could you get osteomyelitis without having a prior infection/abscess?

Great question: In patients who have not had surgery and now possess osteomyelitis, the typical cause is the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream. Even brushing our teeth can push bacteria into our bloodstream. Sometimes those bacteria land on a particular tissue and start an infectious process. ...Read more

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Do I have symptoms of osteomyelitis if my shin is staying reddened and hurts a bit?

I am not sure: Those finding could resemble osteomyelitis but it is not enough to make the diagnosis, you need bon scan or MRI to find out. Also osteomyelitis have fever other symptoms. ...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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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