Acute Primary Hematogenous Osteomyelitis in the Epiphysis of the Distal Tibia: A Case Report With Review of the Literature

Hyun Jung Hwang, Woong-Kyo Jeong, Dae Hee Lee, Soon-Hyuck Lee

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Abstract

Osteomyelitis originating in the epiphysis of the long bones is quite rare and is usually found at either the distal femur or the proximal tibia. We report the case of a 12-year-old male with epiphyseal osteomyelitis that had developed in the distal tibia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first published case report. The patient's history of a trauma that resembled an ankle sprain had delayed the diagnosis and subsequently led him to develop septic arthritis. The ankle is a common site of simple trauma; however, epiphyseal osteomyelitis is rare at this site. Therefore, if the symptoms continue or worsen after trauma, the clinician should check the affected site and take a more aggressive approach to make an early diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-604
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1

Keywords

  • Acute hematogenous osteomyelitis
  • Distal tibia
  • Epiphysis
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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