Haemophilus influenza type b osteomyelitis in infants and children

M. H. Lebel, J. D. Nelson

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Haemophilus influenzae type b has rarely been implicated as a pathogen of osteomyelitis in infants and children. Sixteen cases of Haemophilus osteomyelitis were identified in a 28-year review, representing 4.4% of all cases during that period. In the 1 to 24 months age group, H. influenzae type b caused 13.3% of all cases of osteomyelitis. The mean age was 15 months (range, 12 days to 34 months). All cases had fever, 75% had a history of a preceding respiratory tract infection, 75% had localized swelling, 69% had decreased range of motion of the affected or adjacent joint, 38% had local erythema and 13% had localized tenderness. The lower extremities were involved more often than the upper limbs. Concurrent adjacent suppurative arthritis was present in 75% and meningitis in 19% of patients. Clinical resolution was satisfactory in all but two of our patients, and both were associated with suppurative arthritis and inadequate surgical drainage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume7
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988

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Haemophilus influenzae type b
Osteomyelitis
Infectious Arthritis
Haemophilus
Erythema
Articular Range of Motion
Meningitis
Upper Extremity
Respiratory Tract Infections
Drainage
Lower Extremity
Fever
Age Groups
Joints

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  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Haemophilus influenza type b osteomyelitis in infants and children. / Lebel, M. H.; Nelson, J. D.

In: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4, 1988, p. 250-254.

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