Under less favourable conditions, the late results of osteomyelitis may be more serious.
Surgeons should be alert to this danger when about to perform operations for osteomyelitis or bone tumor.
The most common is an osteomyelitis commencing in the marrow exposed in a wound infected with pyogenic organisms.
The various methods applicable to such cavities are mentioned in detail under “osteomyelitis.”
Certain general causes favor the occurrence of osteomyelitis.
osteomyelitis nearly always begins in the diaphysis of the long bones, usually near the epiphyseal line.
Several years may intervene between the original attack of osteomyelitis and the onset of symptoms of abscess.
In the chronic stages of osteomyelitis the symptoms are usually characteristic.
The deformities resulting from osteomyelitis are more marked the earlier in life the disease occurs.
osteomyelitis is rare in the bones of the carpus and tarsus, and the associated joints are usually infected from the outset.
osteomyelitis os·te·o·my·e·li·tis (ŏs'tē-ō-mī'ə-lī'tĭs)
Inflammation of bone and bone marrow. Also called central osteitis.