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Will osteomyelitis kill me?

Will osteomyelitis kill me?

The bone infection : Will likely affect the bone, the problem is the infection can make the person sick.
If it is any consolation I treat many people with osteomyelitis of the feet. Many are diabetic. None have died from the osteomyelitis. Much may have had parts of the feet removed but none died directly from the bone infection. It is usually from the comorbidity they die from. I. E bad heart etc. ...Read more

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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 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?

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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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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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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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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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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 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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What are the reasons that my daughter could have developed osteomyelitis?

Germs in blood: A blood infection can get to the bone, especially if there's an injury, infection, iatrogenic trauma as in joint replacement or a weakness there. Also, note there is blood tat crosses the epiphyseal plates, prepuberty. ...Read more

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How bad is osteomyelitis in a teenager? Do they get full recovery or not?

How bad is osteomyelitis in a teenager?  Do they get full recovery or not?

Serious: Osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection in the bone. This infection requires 4 to 6 weeks (or more) of intravenous antibiotics. In some cases, surgery is required for complete healing. In most cases, with early recognition and appropriate therapy, a complete recovery can be expected. ...Read more

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I read a blog post about osteomyelitis. But I'm still not clear — what is it?

I read a blog post about osteomyelitis. But I'm still not clear — what is it?

Bone infection: Osteomyelitis is infection of bone. Most commonly in metaphysis(toward end of bone) in adults in children can also be multifocal, more than one bone, and occur in epiphysis(end), diaphysis(shaft), and other locations(apophyses, flat bones). Etiology bacterial (most common staph.) and fungal. Most virulent osteomyelitis recently is MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) which can affect entire bo ...Read more

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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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What is osteomyelitis?

INFECTION IN THE BOE: Usually a bacterium 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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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?

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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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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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 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

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How can you be absolutely certain you have never had osteomyelitis?

How can you be absolutely certain you have never had osteomyelitis?

It depends: You can not be absolutely certain that you never had osteomyelitis because it's possible to have had an infection in the bone (osteomyelitis) or elsewhere that has been effectively treated so that it is no longer there. Frequently, however, the stigmata of the infection remains which shows up as an abnormal on x-ray or with a hot image on bone scan or mri. ...Read more

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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

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