Journal article

Predictors of Outcome in Pediatric Osteomyelitis Five Years Experience in a Single Tertiary Center

Andrew C Martin, Denise Anderson, Julie Lucey, Robin Guttinger, Peter A Jacoby, Tabitha J Mok, Timothy J Whitmore, Colin N Whitewood, David P Burgner, Christopher C Blyth

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute haematogenous osteomyelitis is a bacterial infection of bone, which occurs most frequently in children. Outcomes are excellent for the majority of children, but a minority develop complicated osteomyelitis. Predicting which children will develop complicated osteomyelitis remains a challenge, particularly in developed countries where most patients are discharged home after a relatively short period in hospital. METHODS: We conducted a 5-year retrospective case note review of all children aged 3 months to 16 years admitted with a diagnosis of acute haematogenous osteomyelitis. We compared standardized clinical and laboratory parameters in those who developed simple and compli..

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