Some of the causes of osteomyelitis include:
Osteomyelitis can have a sudden start, a slow and mild start, or may be a chronic problem, depending on the source of the infection.
Symptoms of osteomyelitis vary, depending on the cause and whether it starts quickly or slowly. These are the most common:
The symptoms of osteomyelitis may look like other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
Your health care provider will review your medical history and do a physical exam. Other tests may include:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment based on:
The goal for treatment of osteomyelitis is to cure the infection and minimize any long-term problems. Treatment may include:
Osteomyelitis calls for long-term care to prevent complications such as:
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