TITLE

Subacute Haematogenous Osteomyelitis of the Calcaneus in a Child: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

AUTHOR(S)
Talbot, William
PUB. DATE
July 2012
SOURCE
Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery;2012, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
Osteomyelitis is an inflammation of bone caused by a pyogenic organism. Osteomyelitis of the calcaneus in children is an uncommon diagnosis, particularly when haematogenous in nature and not caused by direct inoculation.9 Historically haematogenous osteomyelitis has been characterized as acute, subacute or chronic with each type based on the time of disease onset.7 Subacute haematogenous osteomyelitis is characterized by mild localized bony pain and tenderness usually of more than two weeks duration, mild or no systemic manifestations, noncontributory lab data, negative blood cultures, and positive radiological findings.5 Prior reports and studies have found that children with calcaneal osteomyelitis can be a diagnostic challenge because of the unimpressive signs and symptoms and often marginal lab results. 6 This is made even more difficult when subacute in presentation and associated with a traumatic injury. Therefore we present a case of subacute haematogenous osteomyelitis of the calcaneus with an associated minor traumatic injury, and a review of the literature
ACCESSION #
89077431

 

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