Flashcards in 5- Orthopaedic Infections Deck (9)
What is osteomyelitis?
Infection of bone, including its marrow
What are the main mechanisms by which bone can become infected?
What is a sequestrum?
Dead segment of bone
What is the significance clinically of sequestrums?
Once one develops, antibiotics will not cure infection
Why do kids tend to get acute osteomyelitis more than adults?
Metaphyses have poor/slow blood flow which enables bacteria to accummulate easier
Which organism is the commonest cause of bone infections?
Chronic osteomyelitis cannot be treated by antibiotics alone. True/False?
Surgical debridement also usually required
Which group of people are particularly at risk of osteomyelitis of the spine?
IV drug users