Infections can reach bones by traveling through the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue.

Common symptoms include pain, fever, and chills.

Treatment is usually surgery to remove portions of bone that have died. This is followed by strong antibiotics, often by an IV, for at least six weeks.

Inflammation of bone caused by infection, generally in the legs, arm, or spine.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging often required

Critical: needs emergency care

Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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