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Is vertebral osteomyelitis contagious?

Is vertebral osteomyelitis contagious?

Depends: Vertebral osteomyelitis by itself is usually not contagious. If associated with tuberculosis or other systemic infection can get infection from secretions of pulmonary component of disease. MRSA(methicilllin resistent staphylococcus aureus) can involve bone and have skin lesions that can be contagious. ...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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Could you get vertebral osteomyelitis from a donor bone?

Yes: Osteomyelitis is "infection of the bone"; it is possible to get infection either from the donor bone or introduced during the surgical procedure. ...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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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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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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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