10 doctors weighed in:
Can you still have osteomyelitis or sepsis and have normal blood work?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
6 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
Dr. Barry Waldman
Thank
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine
2 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
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors