ROBERT S. HOLZMAN, M.D.; FREDERIC BISHKO, M.D.
Four heroin addicts developed hematogenous osteomyelitis with indolent courses. In three, characteristic X-ray changes evolved during their hospital stays. Only one had a positive blood culture. The infecting organisms were not characteristic of those found in spontaneously occurring hematogenous osteomyelitis but rather reflected the spectrum of pathogens that infect those addicted to narcotics: staphylococci, Gram-negative rods, and yeasts. In such patients early surgical exploration is necessary to establish an accurate bacteriologic diagnosis.
ROBERT S. HOLZMAN, FREDERIC BISHKO. Osteomyelitis in Heroin Addicts. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:693–696. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-5-693
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(5):693-696.
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