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If you have osteomyelitis, could it show up in blood work?
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Bacteria can sometimes be isolated in blood cultures causing osteomyelitis.
Also blood work can show increased white blood cells and increased inflammatory markers suggestive of infection.

In brief: Yes
Bacteria can sometimes be isolated in blood cultures causing osteomyelitis.
Also blood work can show increased white blood cells and increased inflammatory markers suggestive of infection.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not definitively
A very high sedimentation rate, e.
g. Over 100, can increase suspicion for osteomyelitis, but is nonspecific & can go this high in a variety of other problems including vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) & some cancers.In fact, a high sed rate by itself in absence of any signs/symptoms/abnormal labs-studies is not helpful.Sed rate cannot prove osteomyelitis, only increase/decrease suspicion.

In brief: Not definitively
A very high sedimentation rate, e.
g. Over 100, can increase suspicion for osteomyelitis, but is nonspecific & can go this high in a variety of other problems including vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) & some cancers.In fact, a high sed rate by itself in absence of any signs/symptoms/abnormal labs-studies is not helpful.Sed rate cannot prove osteomyelitis, only increase/decrease suspicion.
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The diagnosis of osteomyelitis is difficult.
Unless there is a biopsy proven osteomyelitis the diagnosis most of the time is just an assumption base on x-rays and nuclear scans or ct or mri. Unless pt has septicemia( blood cultures positive) at same time other blood tests are nonspecificific ( esr, crp, cbc).

In brief: No
The diagnosis of osteomyelitis is difficult.
Unless there is a biopsy proven osteomyelitis the diagnosis most of the time is just an assumption base on x-rays and nuclear scans or ct or mri. Unless pt has septicemia( blood cultures positive) at same time other blood tests are nonspecificific ( esr, crp, cbc).
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