Flashcards in Ostemyelitis Deck (4):
What is the most common cause of osteomyelitis?
Staph. aureus is the most common cause except in patients with sickle-cell anaemia where Salmonella species predominate.
What are the predisposing conditions for osteomyelitis?
- diabetes mellitus
- sickle cell anaemia
- intravenous drug user
- immunosuppression due to either medication or HIV
- alcohol excess
What are the investigations for osteomyelitis?
- MRI is the imaging modality of choice, with a sensitivity of 90-100%
- FBC + cultures