Conditions + Treatments

Osteomyelitis in Children

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Osteomyelitis is the term for a bone infection. Bacteria or viruses in your child's bloodstream or tissue may infect a bone, causing osteomyelitis. Infection is more common in the long bones of the body, but it can affect any bone.

  • Osteomyelitis is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.
  • It's more common in premature infants and babies born with complications.
  • The treatment for osteomyelitis usually involves antibiotics.
  • In rare and severe cases, a bone may need to be amputated.
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