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December 15, 1962

Spontaneous Osteolysis Following Acute Osteomyelitis

Author Affiliations

Tel-Aviv, Israel

JAMA. 1962;182(11):1122-1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050500054015b

THIS IS A REPORT of a case in which there was spontaneous osteolysis of a part of the shaft of a long bone. The process responsible for it was most probably acute liematogenous osteomyelitis. After an extensive, but fruitless search into the available literature, we found that such a complication is quite unusual, and hence, it was thought to be of sufficient interest to be reported.

Report of a Case

A 6-year-old boy was admitted to another hospital on fuly 12, 1959, because of abdominal pains, sore throat, and articular pains in his right hip, right knee, left shoulder, and left wrist of 4 days duration. There was no previous history of sore throat or articular pains. He had a high temperature of 40.5° C. (104.5° F.), with tachycardia, his tonsils were congested, his liver was slightly enlarged and tender, and there was a short systolic apical murmur. He could not