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What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Pain and swelling

Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion.
Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization.

In brief: Pain and swelling

Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion.
Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization.
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