Osteomyelitis Initial Radiographic Appearance Mnemonic

Here is an easy way to recall the initial radiographic changes in Osteomyelitis in the form of a mnemonic that will heelp medical & students in their exams

Any bone in the body is susceptible to developing osteomyelitis, a bone infection. Nonetheless, there are certain skeletons that are more vulnerable. Osteomyelitis typically affects the long bones of the arms and legs, especially the femur, tibia, and humerus.

In persons with compromised immune systems, osteomyelitis can also affect the vertebrae of the spine. In addition to the jawbone, which is prone to infection after oral surgery or trauma, osteomyelitis commonly manifests in the bones of the foot, especially in persons with diabetes or other circulation issues.

Osteomyelitis is more likely to develop in any bone that has been damaged in any way, such as through a fracture, surgical procedure, or metal implant.

How To Remember Initial Radiographic Changes In Osteomyelitis?

Initial Radiographic Changes In Osteomyelitis :

  • Periosteal reaction/thickening (periostitis) focal bony lysis or cortical loss
  • Regional osteopenia
  • Endosteal scalloping 
  • Loss of trabecular bone architecture
  • Eventual peripheral sclerosis
  • New bone apposition

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Dr. Arin Nandi

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