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Article
March 1936

OSTEOMYELITIS OF INFANTS: A DISEASE DIFFERENT FROM OSTEOMYELITIS OF OLDER CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

BOSTON; MONTREAL, CANADA
Formerly resident in orthopedic surgery at the Children's Hospital, Boston.; From the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School and the Children's Hospital, and the Infant's Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1936;32(3):462-493. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1936.01180210091004
Abstract

Osteomyelitis of infants (children under 2 years of age), if one may judge from the literature, has usually been considered a rare disease not essentially different from the osteomyelitis of older children. This his been so contrary to our experience that we have reviewed the cases of patients of this age group treated at the Children's Hospital of Boston during the last twenty-one years—in all, 95 cases. In this survey we not only have considered the acute phases of the disease but have determined by recent clinical and roentgenographic examinations the present status of 41 patients treated in the orthopedic service during the aforementioned period. In some instances this observation was made as long as twenty years after the original infection.

We have included cases of both acute and chronic osteomyelitis in this study, although primary consideration has been given to the acute disease. On the basis of classifying a

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