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 the bones of the back are the most common sites. In children, the long bones are most likely to be affected. These are found in the arms and legs.


Osteomyelitis is caused by specific bacteria.

Risk Factors

Osteomyelitis is more common in males, or in young children and older adults. Other factors that increase your chance of osteomyelitis include:


Symptoms include:
  • Bone pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Tenderness, warmth, swelling, or redness of the skin or joint
  • Drainage of pus
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Restricted movement of the area
  • A sore over a bone that does not heal
Skin Infection Spreading to Bone
Bone Infection
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