Rib osteomyelitis in children. Early radiologic and ultrasonic findings

J. Bar-Ziv, Yehiel Barki, A. Maroko, A. J. Mares

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    The earliest radiographic changes of osteomyelitis in the long bones is deep-seated edema manifesting as soft tissue swelling and obliteration of the intermuscular planes adjacent to the affected bone. Similarly, the early change of rib osteomyelitis is pericostal edema demonstrated by soft tissue swelling of the thoracic wall accompanied by an adjacent inward pleural displacement. In both osteomyelitis of the rib and the long bones, the bony changes will appear 1-2 weeks later. Pericostal edema can be readily diagnosed by ultrasound scan. Pericostal edema, although non specific and can occur in other conditions, yet it is a strong warning sign, set within the overall clinical picture of osteomyelitis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)315-318
    Number of pages4
    JournalPediatric Radiology
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 1 Jul 1985

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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