Subacute pyogenic osteomyelitis

W. J. Gillespie, T. E. Moore, K. M. Mayo

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Records of 110 cases of subacute osteomyelitis were reviewed. Twenty percent of the cases with a subacute clinical course had diffuse radiological changes more characteristic of an acute disease. Classic metaphyseal (Brodie) abscesses were most common. Diaphyseal lesions, of which over half were in adults, had a significantly higher rate of recurrence. The distribution by site and age of metaphyseal lesions resembled that of acute osteomyelitis. Staphylococcus aureus was the most common isolate, but 10% of lesions grew S. epidermidis. A modification of current classification is suggested which offers a basis for management and studies of outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1565-1570
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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