A bacterial or fungal infection of the bone leading ultimately to bone destruction. Infection from the bloodstream or the surrounding areas is the most common cause. It can also occur after a bone surgery with rods, metals, and screws following a road accident. Long bones, hip, and spine are mostly affected. Symptoms include pain (bone pain), pus in an open site, fever, localized swelling, and redness. In addition, diabetes, bone surgeries, poor blood supply, hemodialysis, and weak immune system pose a risk of developing osteomyelitis. To get rid of the infection, intravenous antibiotics are given, and dead bone tissues are excavated, and bone grafts are placed for bone regrowth.

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Will the antibiotics be effective for osteomyelitis if I do not complete the prescribed schedule?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis about eight weeks ago. I went to the hospital every day for exactly six weeks to receive antibiotics called Rocephin. After six weeks of infusions, I could not go anymore as I had no transportation, not even money for the bus. So, I called the doctor ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I agree with your doctor. You have to complete the antibiotic schedule as prescribed.   Read Full »

What can we do for faster recovery of diabetic foot ulcer?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 53 years old  and she weighs 60 kg. She has fell down and tried home remedy for foot but, the foot has become worse. Now she is hospitalized. Her sugar level was 295 on the first day and now they have controlled it with insulin and today her sugar level is 180. What can w...  Read Full »

Dr. Hariharan V

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the pictures, it is a clearly indicative of diabetic foot ulceration (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since she has uncontrolled diabetes, the nerves and blood vessels to the foot have been affected and have become ulcerated. The depth of the w...  Read Full »

What is the possible reasons for the leg swelling due to mosquito bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old female. For four years, my right leg has swollen once in a year in the summer or when I go for agricultural works in mud fields. Initially it starts with fever, vomiting, body pain, chillness and then my leg will change to light red color and the swelling will start....  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you had cellulitis. You might have scratched your leg and later on it has developed an infection. I think you are accumulating gas in your foot and in your leg. I think you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later. You need a co...  Read Full »

Do the attached reports still show an epidural abscess?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with lumbosacral osteomyelitis. So I took ATT for eight months, followed by Linezolid and Ciprofloxacin for five months. I discontinued antibiotics due to peripheral neuropathy. Recently, a contrast MRI was made. Could you please tell me how much the improvement is based ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in to us. I hope you are not in much discomfort. On comparing the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) LS (lumbosacral) spine reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) taken in the past ten months.I find that certain areas are showing like...  Read Full »

How is arthritis treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried for my 63 years old elder sister who is almost bedridden now due to the following ailments. She has severe pain in the stomach (started two months ago), knee pain for four years and swollen legs for three years. Doctors are of the opinion that she is suffering from severe ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I think that she has rheumatoid arthritis (not just simple arthritis). It would be very helpful if you say which joints are involved. Is she stiff in the morning? How long it takes for the stiffness to go away? There are medications for this condition which are gentle ...  Read Full »

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