Histology of osteomyelitis

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  • look into the bone: if you see empty lacunae, that means the bones have died, and this is what you have in the present slide

  • jagged trabeculae are seen

  • also, there are inflammatory cells, usually neutrophils

Bone infection

  • not all are pyogenic

  • some are granulomatous, and a good example is tuberculosis. fortunately, we don’t really have TB granulomatous bone lesions here

  • some fungi form granulomatous infections: Histoplasma, Coccidioides, Blastomyces, Cryptococcocus

Osteomyelitis involving the vertebra causing a pathologic fracture

  • infection crosses the disc and goes to adjacent one; this is termed discitis

Category: Pathology Notes



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