Primary Subacute Osteomyelitis of Talus: An Unusual Presentation of a Limping Child

Volume 3 | Issue 1 | Jan-Jun 2017 | Page 24-25 | Rajib Naskar, Balgovind S. Raja, Dhanish V. Mehendiratta, Pravin Jadhav, Harshad G. Argekar

Authors : Rajib Naskar [1], Balgovind S. Raja [2], Dhanish V. Mehendiratta [1], Pravin Jadhav [1], Harshad G. Argekar [1].

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, LTMC &Sion Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India,
[2] Department of Orthopaedics, K B Bhabha Municipal Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

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A 9-year-old female presented with symptoms of limp and pain in the right ankle region along with swelling. Prominent systemic features of osteomyelitis were lacking. The delay in diagnosis from limping to diagnosis confirmation and hospital admission was 6 days. The final diagnosiswas made after adetailed radiological investigation and open sampling and curettage. It was the treated conservatively, and after 6 weeks of treatment, radiological improvement was noted. We conclude that, in a limping child with ankle pain, subacute osteomyelitis of talus should be kept in mind as a differential and it can be successfully treated in outpatient basis with conservative management.
Keywords: Osteomyelitis, Talus, Children, Ankle pain.


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How to Cite this Article: Naskar R, Raja B S, Mehendiratta D V, Jadhav P, Argekar H G. Primary Subacute Osteomyelitis of Talus: An Unusual Presentation of a Limping Child. International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics Jan-Jun 2017;3(1):24-25.

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