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Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, often developing after
an open fracture in which the bone pokes through the skin. It may also develop
after an illness or injury that damaged the skin near or over a bone.
Symptoms may include:
Antibiotic treatment is necessary to prevent destruction of bone
tissue. If the osteomyelitis is severe, surgery may be required.
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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