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How could you get osteomyelitis without having a prior infection/abscess?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Great question

In patients who have not had surgery and now possess osteomyelitis, the typical cause is the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream. Even brushing our teeth can push bacteria into our bloodstream. Sometimes those bacteria land on a particular tissue and start an infectious process.

In brief: Great question

In patients who have not had surgery and now possess osteomyelitis, the typical cause is the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream. Even brushing our teeth can push bacteria into our bloodstream. Sometimes those bacteria land on a particular tissue and start an infectious process.
Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luks
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Hematogenous

Osteomyelitis is generally caused by contiguous spread from an adjacent soft tissue or wound infection or from hematogenous spread.
In answer to your question hematogenous spread from transient bacteremia, which occurs frequently, would be most likely.

In brief: Hematogenous

Osteomyelitis is generally caused by contiguous spread from an adjacent soft tissue or wound infection or from hematogenous spread.
In answer to your question hematogenous spread from transient bacteremia, which occurs frequently, would be most likely.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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In brief: Injury

An injury to the bone could create infection.

In brief: Injury

An injury to the bone could create infection.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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