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Primary sternal osteomyelitis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8040584     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Primary sternal osteomyelitis is a rare condition. Most of the recent cases have been reported in intravenous drug abusers. A case of primary sternal osteomyelitis with no apparent risk factors is reported. Diagnosing sternal osteomyelitis can be difficult, but failure to clinically recognize this type of infection in its early stages can lead to serious sequelae. The diagnosis should be suspected in a young patient presenting with acute inflammatory swelling over the sternum. It is further supported by leukocytosis, elevated sedimentation rate, lateral radiograph of the sternum, and positive Gram's stain. While bacteriological culture results are pending, antibiotic therapy with Staphylococcus aureus coverage should be initiated empirically. Diagnostic evaluation and management of the patients with this entity are briefly discussed.
Authors:
P C Shukla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:    1994 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-08-25     Completed Date:  1994-08-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  293-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson 39216-4505.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Emergencies
Humans
Male
Osteomyelitis / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  radiography
Sternum* / radiography
Thoracic Diseases / diagnosis,  drug therapy
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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