Pronounced: OS-tee-oh-my-uh-LITE-isEn Español (Spanish Version)
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. The infection may be:
- Acute (for a short time)
- Chronic (lasting for a long time)
In adults, the pelvis and vertebrae (bones of the back) are the most common sites. In children, the long bones are most likely to be affected. These are found in arms and legs.
Last reviewedSeptember 2011by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
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