European Journal of Pediatrics

, 168:1529 | Cite as

Acute osteomyelitis of the iliac bone presenting with gluteal syndrome in a newborn

  • Ali BulbulEmail author
  • Fusun Okan
  • Ensar Yekeler
  • Emrah Can
Short Report


Acute osteomyelitis in neonates, although rare, represents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. We herein report an extremely rare case of congenital nonsyphilitic iliac bone osteomyelitis caused by methicilline-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and presenting with gluteal syndrome in a near-term infant. To our knowledge, this represents the second report with iliac osteomyelitis and the first report with gluteal syndrome in neonatal period. A high index of suspicion is necessary to make an early diagnosis. Early diagnosis is essential to prevent catastrophic sequelae in such cases. We report this case because of its unusual clinical presentation and rarity.


Neonate Osteomyelitis Iliac bone Gluteal syndrome 


Conflict of interest

The authors have indicated that they have no conflict of interest and financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Bulbul
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fusun Okan
    • 2
  • Ensar Yekeler
    • 2
  • Emrah Can
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Neonatology, Department of PediatricsSisli Children HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Faculty of MedicineIstanbul University IstanbulIstanbulTurkey

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