Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Vertebral Osteomyelitis Outlook

What to expect with osteomyelitis:

  • Osteomyelitis is very difficult to treat.
  • Treatment may require antibiotics for 3-4 months.
  • Osteomyelitis may occur again after treatment.
  • Recovery is quicker if the infected bone is removed.

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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