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Acute osteomyelitis

Peter Calder

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.011004

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Acute osteomyelitis

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Bacteraemia resulting in bone deposition of bacteria

Local bony tenderness, fever, and malaise may not be present initially

WCC may be normal, ESR and CRP normally raised

Plain radiographs normally take 10–12 days to occur

Staphylococcus aureus remains the commonest organism

Immediate antibiotics with surgical drainage of abscess formation.

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Infectious Diseases ; Medical Microbiology and Virology

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