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Can you still have osteomyelitis or sepsis and have normal blood work?

24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

With sepsis their is significant abnormal labs and even abnormal vital signs.
With Osteomyelitis inflammatory markers like ESR or C reactive proteins are usually abnormal

In brief: Unlikely

With sepsis their is significant abnormal labs and even abnormal vital signs.
With Osteomyelitis inflammatory markers like ESR or C reactive proteins are usually abnormal
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Osteomyelitis often does not cause any change in blood tests.
Sepsis is an infection of the blood and almost always causes changes to blood tests and will make the patient very sick.

In brief: Yes

Osteomyelitis often does not cause any change in blood tests.
Sepsis is an infection of the blood and almost always causes changes to blood tests and will make the patient very sick.
Dr. Barry Waldman
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Sepsis

No,:wbc lactic sed rate all positive

Osteomyelitis can be more occult

In brief: Sepsis

No,:wbc lactic sed rate all positive

Osteomyelitis can be more occult
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Sepsis implies bacteria in the bloodstream, so generally the answer is no.
..Blood work will be abnormal. Osteomyelitis can be sequestered or dormant and may not always be detected with blood work.

In brief: Maybe

Sepsis implies bacteria in the bloodstream, so generally the answer is no.
..Blood work will be abnormal. Osteomyelitis can be sequestered or dormant and may not always be detected with blood work.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis and sepsis are severe infections that have spread widely, into bones and blood.
Healthy individuals will mount a strong immune response and yes, lab tests will usually be abnormal.

In brief: Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis and sepsis are severe infections that have spread widely, into bones and blood.
Healthy individuals will mount a strong immune response and yes, lab tests will usually be abnormal.
Dr. Christine Hom
Dr. Christine Hom
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES AND NO

Osteo-can have normal blood work. Sepsis-I don't think so.

In brief: YES AND NO

Osteo-can have normal blood work. Sepsis-I don't think so.
Dr. Darrell Latva
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