Osteomyelitis of the patella: ensure a high index of suspicion and beware the negative aspirate.


We report the case of a 33-year-old man who presented several times to healthcare professionals over a 6-week period with a painful swollen right knee. He had a history of chronic osteomyelitis of the left femur and had recently stopped taking suppressive antibiotics. A joint aspirate did not demonstrate any organisms. On subsequent review by the… (More)
DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2014-206630


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