What Is Osteomyelitis?

  • 1

1 Answer

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
Definition Osteomyelitis is an infection in a bone which can reach a bone by traveling through the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue. Infections can also begin in the bone itself if an injury exposes the bone to germs. Causes Most common cause of osteomyelitis is staphylococcus bacteria, types of germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Germs can enter a bone in different ways like:
  • The bloodstream. Germs in other parts of your body can travel through your bloodstream to a weakened spot in a bone. Children's osteomyelitis most commonly occurs in the softer areas, called growth plates, at either end of the long bones of the arms and legs.
  • Infected tissue or an infected prosthetic joint. Severe puncture wounds can carry germs deep inside your body. If such an injury becomes infected, the germs can spread into a nearby bone.
  • Open wounds. Germs can enter the body if you have broken a bone so severely that part of it is sticking out through your skin. Direct contamination can also occur during surgeries to replace joints or repair fractures.
...