Osteomyelitis: The Diabetic’s Skeleton in the Closet

Femur. Osteomyelitis. From ancient cemetery, Chicama Valley, Peru ; (Photo courtesy WikiCommons)

X-ray osteomyelitis 1st metatarsal joint (photo courtesy WikiCommons)

Do you admit all your diabetic patients with suspected osteomyelitis? Do you need to?

Is it acute or chronic?

Do you need to culture all diabetic foot ulcers?

What two entities will help identify patients at risk for osteomyelitis? The answer may surprise you.

Download from CMES the podcast or PDF for the December EM:RAP Diabetic Foot Ulcers by Matthew DeLaney MD and Charles Khoury MD and share your experiences or recommendations by leaving a comment.

 

Who Knew? Evidence for osteomyelitis found in fossil records are studied by paleopathologists, specialists in ancient disease and injury. It has been reported in fossils of the large carnivorous dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis.

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