Author(s): Burns JR, Gregory JG
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Abstract Osteomyelitis represents a pyogenic infection of the bone and marrow. The diagnosis is based on specific criteria and often is difficult to make. Herein we present 2 cases initially thought to represent osteitis pubis but subsequently proved to be osteomyelitis and compare the 2 entities with emphasis on differential diagnosis and treatment. Despite certain differentiating characteristics the correct diagnosis is often uncertain without histologic examination. Since the treatment of these 2 entities is quite different equivocal cases should undergo surgical exploration and bone curettage. This procedure will enable definite diagnosis to be made and proper treatment to be instituted.
This article was published in J Urol
and referenced in Rheumatology: Current Research