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What is chronic osteomyelitis and how can you treat it?

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. 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 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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Chronic osteomyelitis of jaw. Infection started last aug. On clyndamycin 6wks still oozing puss from sores on chin & swollen like apple. How treat?

Chronic osteomyelitis of jaw. Infection started last aug. On clyndamycin 6wks still oozing puss from sores on chin & swollen like apple. How treat?

Have it evaluated.: Cultures would help in determining the appropriate antibiotics. Debridement of infected wound and bone may be needed. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be a good adjudicative treatment for a bone infection. ...Read more

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Can chronic osteomyelitis affect or cause other diseases?

Can chronic osteomyelitis affect or cause other diseases?

Chronic osteo...: Can be associated with a squamous cell carcinoma in the chronic sinus tract and also can be associated with amyloidosis. In 40 years of id, I have seen no carcinomas and one case of secondary amyloidosis. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic osteomyelitis (left mandible)?Can someone describe to me what is chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis?

What is the best treatment for chronic osteomyelitis (left mandible)?Can someone describe to me what is chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis?

See below: Chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis is an inflammatory response of the jaw bone to chronic low grade bacterial infection from caries or periodontal disease. It causes the jaw bone to expand. Treatment include eliminating the source of infection, antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen and reconstructive surgery for significant jaw deformity. ...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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Why do I have enhancing edema after being treated for osteomyelitis c5-6 ?

Why do I have enhancing edema after being treated for osteomyelitis c5-6 ?

Marrow signal: It is normal to have edema on an MRI if you have or had osteomyelitis. Edema refers to a change in the signal characteristics of the bone marrow from normal. When a vertebrae gets infected, which is what osteomyelitis is, the signal of the marrow changes in the inflammatory process that the body uses to fight the infection. This normalizes over several months after the infection is cured. ...Read more

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In cancer patients can paralysis from osteomyelitis properly treated reverse?

In cancer patients can paralysis from osteomyelitis properly treated reverse?

It depend: The reversal of the paralysis not always possible because this problem take time to developed and make permanent change in the spinal cord. If the changes are recent that is possible. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis?

What is the best treatment for chronic sclerosing osteomyelitis?

Treatment: Hyperbaric oxygen, antibiotics, surgery and eliminate the source of infection if not done already. ...Read more

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