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Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis of the Rib Identified on Bedside Ultrasound.
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PMID:  25242098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Osteomyelitis is a challenging and commonly considered diagnosis in the emergency department. Early recognition and treatment with appropriate antibiotic therapy is crucial to prevent complications.
OBJECTIVE: This case reviews relevant literature and typical ultrasound features of osteomyelitis. It highlights a previously undescribed and practical application of emergency department bedside ultrasonography, adding to the diagnostic armamentarium for this disease process.
CASE REPORT: A 48-year-old woman presented with fever and left chest wall pain. She had been seen previously for a right axillary abscess requiring incision and drainage. Examination revealed a focal area of chest tenderness without cutaneous changes. Chest x-ray study and laboratory evaluation were nondiagnostic. Bedside ultrasound diagnosed acute hematogenous osteomyelitis of a rib.
CONCLUSIONS: Bedside ultrasound holds great promise in investigating osteomyelitis when suspicion is high and traditional initial testing is nondiagnostic. Further study is required to quantify this benefit in the emergency department setting and explore utility of negative results.
Peter J Emiley; John L Kendall; Jennifer W Bellows
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-9-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-9-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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