Nontraumatic osteomyelitis of the patella.

  title={Nontraumatic osteomyelitis of the patella.},
  author={Bridget Cahill},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  • Bridget Cahill
  • Published 1978 in Clinical orthopaedics and related research
Nontraumatic, hemotogenous osteomyelitis is a childhood disease uncommonly encountered and rare in the patella. The initial signs are usually intraarticular, because of the sterile effusion. The primary pathology in the patella is easy to overlook. The infection generally does not penetrate the joint cavity and most cases can be treated conservatively, or by local debridement. Arthrotomy is not necessary and could involve the joint with the infection. 

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