Osteomyelitis is an infection in the bone. The bone may become infected due to the infection traveling throughout the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue.
In some cases, the infection can begin in the bone itself due to an injury – such as a severe fracture (break) – that directly exposes the bone to germs.
In adults, osteomyelitis most commonly occurs in the bones that make up the spine (vertebrae). In children, this condition usually affects the long bones of the legs and upper arms. If you have diabetes and foot ulcers, you can develop osteomyelitis in your feet.
In some cases of osteomyelitis, you may have no signs or symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can include:
- Fever or chills
- Irritability or extreme exhaustion (in young children)
- Pain, swelling, warmth, and redness in the area of the infection
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