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Suppurative osteomyelitis

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ACUTE AND CHRONIC SUPPURATIVE OSTEOMYELITIS

Author: Sanketh DS, MDS

INTRODUCTION

Osteomyelitis refers to the inflammation of the medullary portion or the marrow space of the bone. The term is derived from Greek words “osteon” (bone) and “meulinos” (marrow). But in a broader sense osteomyelitis is used to describe an inflammatory process affecting the marrow and extending to the cortex as well as the periosteum of the bone.

Suppurative osteomyelitis of the jaw is a condition when an inflammatory process in the medullary portion of the bone leads to edema and pus accumulation in the marrow spaces. Accumulation of purulent exudate builds up medullary pressure and obstructs the local blood supply leading to necrosis of the bone.  

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