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Can a septic shock patient develop osteomyelitis?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

But it can go both ways, bacteremia can seed the bone or acute osteomyelitis can cause bacteremia.

In brief: Yes

But it can go both ways, bacteremia can seed the bone or acute osteomyelitis can cause bacteremia.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
that's not correct - septic shock is the result of an infection. It is NOT the cause of an infection. Shock is the physiologic response (or inability to respond thereof).
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

With septic shock usually bactemia or bacteria in blood stream throughout body.
Bacteremia can ocur related to primary osteomyelitis resulting in bacteremia and ibacteremia can seed bone causing osteomyelitis. 1% of patients with septic shock have osteomyelitis.

In brief: Yes

With septic shock usually bactemia or bacteria in blood stream throughout body.
Bacteremia can ocur related to primary osteomyelitis resulting in bacteremia and ibacteremia can seed bone causing osteomyelitis. 1% of patients with septic shock have osteomyelitis.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Yes

If a septic shock patient survives, the infection may have seeded to any place in the body including the bone (osteomyelitis), particularly f there are pre-existing deep wounds.
Though it is usually the other way around, osteomyelitis is the source of sepsis.

In brief: Yes

If a septic shock patient survives, the infection may have seeded to any place in the body including the bone (osteomyelitis), particularly f there are pre-existing deep wounds.
Though it is usually the other way around, osteomyelitis is the source of sepsis.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Backwards

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone.
Infection causes septic shock (you are septic). Septic shock does not cause infection. So, osteomyelitis may lead to septic shock but not the other way around. However, another infection (like pneumonia) can lead to osteomyelitis (eg, ribs or sternum) and then result in septic shock.

In brief: Backwards

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone.
Infection causes septic shock (you are septic). Septic shock does not cause infection. So, osteomyelitis may lead to septic shock but not the other way around. However, another infection (like pneumonia) can lead to osteomyelitis (eg, ribs or sternum) and then result in septic shock.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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