Osteomyelitis - proximal humerus

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Right proximal arm - shoulder pain -2 days. Referred for shoulder radiograph and Ultrasound.

Patient Data

Age: 11 years
Gender: Male

Radiograph - No periosteal reaction.


1st US - Subperiosteal fluid in proximal humeral metaphysis region.
Possibility of acute osteomyelitis suggested in view of clinical background.


2nd US - 36 hrs after 1st US - Additional finding - Axillary venous thrombus formation.

Case Discussion

Features consistent of  Osteomyelitis. Surgical exploration : Subperiosteal fluid - pus.
Culture report - Staph. aureus

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rID: 22138
Published: 14th Mar 2013
Last edited: 13th Dec 2019
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