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Osteomyelitis Specialist

Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic -  - Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist

Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic

Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

Though osteomyelitis affects less than 1% of people, the bone infection requires expert care to prevent chronic health complications that may lead to bone deformity or death of bone tissue. At Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic, Alka Rebentish, MD, and Chukwudum Uche, MD, FIDSA, FACP, provide the expert care you need to manage osteomyelitis and prevent chronic health issues. For a consultation, call the Las Vegas, Nevada, office to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment or use the online booking tool.

Osteomyelitis Q & A

What is osteomyelitis?

Osteomyelitis is a bacterial or fungal infection that affects the bone. The bone infection can occur at any age. 

In adults, osteomyelitis is more often in the spine and hips. 

What causes osteomyelitis?

You may develop osteomyelitis from a number of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Open bone fracture (broken bone pierces the skin)
  • Non-healing soft tissue wound that extends to the surface of the bone
  • Bacterial blood infection
  • Minor trauma that causes the development of a blood clot that settles on the bone

Though anyone can develop osteomyelitis, you may be at greater risk if you have diabetes, sickle cell disease, or a weakened immune system. Intravenous drug users are also at greater risk of developing osteomyelitis.

Patients who have undergone orthopedic procedures on any joint, hip, or knee and have hardware have a lifetime risk of infection. Sometimes, patients will need the removal of their prosthetic knee in addition to taking antibiotics.

What are the symptoms of osteomyelitis?

Osteomyelitis symptoms may vary in type and severity. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include:

  • Bone pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Pus drainage from an open wound in the skin

Not everyone with osteomyelitis develops symptoms, or the symptoms may be misdiagnosed. The experts at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic specialize in diagnosing and treating osteomyelitis and can provide the answers and therapies you need. 

How is osteomyelitis diagnosed?

When you come in to see an infectious disease specialist with concerns about osteomyelitis, they conduct a comprehensive evaluation, so you get an accurate diagnosis. 

After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, your provider examines the infected area and may request diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out osteomyelitis, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.

Your provider also runs blood tests and may take a bone biopsy to determine the type of germ causing the infection. 

How is osteomyelitis treated?

Your provider at Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic develops an individualized treatment plan for the management of your osteomyelitis based on the severity of the infection. 

Your treatment plan may include drainage of the infected fluid around the bone and antibiotic or antifungal medication to treat the infection. 

If your osteomyelitis has caused the death of bone tissue, your provider recommends surgical removal of the dead bone, followed by a round of antibiotics. 

Osteomyelitis is a serious infection that may lead to long-term health problems when left untreated or misdiagnosed. To get the expert care you need, call Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic or request an appointment online today.