A bacterial infection of bone, usually caused by staphylococcus, streptococcus, or salmonella carried to the bone by blood, or gaining access through open fractures. Osteomyelitis commonly affects children, causing fever and local pain. If untreated or partially treated, it may become chronic with bone destruction and a discharging sinus. Antibiotics and surgical drainage are frequently necessary.
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