Osteomyelitis is a rare bone infection caused due to bacteria or other germs. It generally spreads through the bloodstream or exposure to germs during injury or surgery. It may even develop in the bone itself. In children, osteomyelitis occurs in leg or hand bones, is acute and easily treatable. In adults it affects the bones of the spine or pelvis and may be acute or chronic in nature. Symptoms of osteomyelitis are fever, fatigue, chills, pain, inflammation and swelling of infected area along with redness and warmth. Those suffering from diabetes, HIV or vascular disease are more prone to developing osteomyelitis.
HOW IS OSTEOMYELITIS DIAGNOSED?
In most cases, a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus causes Osteomyelitis.