Osteomyelitis means infection of the bone or bone marrow; inflammation of the bone due to infection. Osteomyelitis sometimes occurs as a complication of injury or surgery. In some cases, the infection may get into bone tissue from the bloodstream. Patients with osteomyelitis typically experience deep pain and muscle spasms in the inflammation area, as well as fever. Twenty-seven patients with CNO were identified. The majority of the patients were females (22/27, 81%). The median age at onset of symptoms were 8.6 years (range 4.3 to 16 years) and the median age at diagnosis were 11.2 years (range 5.3 to 17.8).
In total 80 lesions were found in the 27 patients. In 5 patients (19%) only one lesion was found. Most frequently lesions were found in proximal tibia (n=14), distal femur (n=11), clavicle (n=11), distal tibia (n=10) and vertebral column (n=5).A biopsy was performed in 24 patients and it confirmed osteomyelitis in 22 (92%). A microorganism was identified in 6 cases, but was considered a non-significant finding and not the etiology of the osteomyelitis.Plain x-rays were performed in all patients. In addition, 21 (78%) patients had a bone scan, 16 (59%) a MRT and 3 (11%) a whole body MRT.Twelve patients (44%) were treated with antibiotics in an early phase of the disease. Osteomyelitis should be treated with prescription antibiotics. You can use alternative therapies along with conventional treatment to strengthen your immune system and help you recover, but never treat osteomyelitis with alternative therapies alone. Make sure to tell all of your health care providers about any alternative therapies or supplements