Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


8 month old boy with 10 day history of left wrist swelling.

Patient Data

Age: 8 months
Gender: Male

Plain radiographs show lucency of the distal radial metaphysis and marked surrounding soft tissue swelling, highly suggestive of osteomyelitis.

Nuclear medicine

Bone scan images support the plain film diagnosis. There is distal forearm hyperaemia on the blood flow and pool images and focal tracer uptake within the radial metaphysis on the delayed images.


MRI reveals the additional presence of adjacent soft tissue collection and wrist joint synovitis.

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Case information

rID: 10583
Published: 23rd Aug 2010
Last edited: 26th Sep 2015
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