• Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by bacteria. In most cases the only way to cure osteomyelitis is to remove the infected bone and treat with IV antibiotics or the equivalent for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Diagnosis of osteomyelitis is sometimes difficult because diagnostic modalities are not 100% reliable. Diagnostic tests include x-ray to look for erosions or fractures of the bone, MRI to look for swelling of the bone spaces, Technesium 99 Scan to look for increased blood flow to the bone, Indium 111 Scan to look for migration of white blood cells to the bone, and bone biopsy and culture to look for organisms in the bone. Although these tests are not 100% reliable, they help in the decision making process.
  • If the bone is infected, it needs to be surgically removed.

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