A diagnosis of osteomyelitis is often suspected based on the presence of suspicious signs and symptoms. For example, a physical examination may show bone tenderness with possible swelling and redness. Additional tests and procedures can then be ordered to confirm the diagnose and to determine what is causing the infection.
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I had chronic osteomyelitis in my left femur as a child. I had extensive surgeries on the femur over a period of 10 years. After many years of being OK excepting a bit of arthritis, I had a bad fall two months ago, hurting my lower back. The pain has now gone into my hip and femur. I am wondering if this could have triggered anything relating to the osteomyelitis or would it be completely cured by now? See answer
I have had pain in my right buttock and hip/spine for 3 years. I have had a few medical opinions regarding the cause. How is osteomyelitis diagnosed? Can if be identified through MRI or X-ray? See answer
I am trying to find more information about osteomyelitis. Can you provide me with the information that I need? See answer