Differentiating osteomyelitis from bone infarction in sickle cell disease.

@article{Wong2001DifferentiatingOF,
  title={Differentiating osteomyelitis from bone infarction in sickle cell disease.},
  author={Alison L Wong and K. M. Sakamoto and Eloise E. Johnson},
  journal={Pediatric emergency care},
  year={2001},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={60-3; quiz 64}
}
This brief review discusses one possible approach to evaluating the sickle cell patient with bone pain. The major differential diagnoses include osteomyelitis and bone infarction. Based on previous studies, we provide an approach to assessing and treating patients with the possible diagnosis of osteomyelitis. An algorithm has been provided, which emphasizes the importance of the initial history and physical examination. Specific radiographic studies are recommended to aid in making the initial… CONTINUE READING

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