We carried out a case–control study in children with acute hematogenous osteomyelitis (AHO) with and without suppurative complications discharged from our institution over an 11-year period to test the hypothesis that abscess formation was associated with a delayed presentation
to care. Of 102 children with AHO, 54 abscesses were documented in 46 patients (25 bone, 29 muscle). A delay in presentation was not associated with abscess formation (6.5 vs. 5.0 days, P=0.26). Overall, 78% of all bone abscesses were visible on initial MRI. Consistent use of MRI at
presentation may identify children with suppurative complications of AHO.
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Document Type: Research Article
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Disease, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
November 1, 2017