Emphysematous osteomyelitis

Emphysematous osteomyelitis is an extremly rare form of osteomyelitis which is complicated by infection with gas forming organims. Only a handful of cases are published in literature.

Commonely reported organisms include 1

  • Fusobacterium necrophorum  
  • Escherichia coli
  • Bacteroides spp
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae

The vertebrae may be involved in ~ 40% of cases 1

It has characterised by presence of intra-osseous gas accompanied other signs of bony and soft tissue infection.

It was intially described by P C Ram and collegues in 1981 2.

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