Bone and Joint Infections

  • Melvin I. Marks
Part of the Comprehensive Manuals in Pediatrics book series (CM PEDIATRICS)


The incidence of bone infections continues to be high and the clinical consequences serious.98 This situation is due partly to nonspecific pre-sentations, particularly in young patients. Most cases of osteomyelitis occur after hematogenous spread of bacteria or other microorganisms and involve the metaphyses of long bones, particularly those of the femur, tibia, and humerus, which account for approximately three-quarters of all cases. Any bone or joint space in the body can be involved, and cases of osteomyelitis epiphyses, of the vertebral bodies, disc space, and pelvis38 are not uncommon.


Familial Mediterranean Fever Septic Arthritis Joint Infection Fusidic Acid Joint Fluid 
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  • Melvin I. Marks
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  1. 1.College of MedicineUniversity of OklahomaOklahoma CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsOklahoma Children’s Memorial HospitalOklahoma CityUSA

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