What is Osteomyelitis – bone infection?
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that can be caused by bacteria, mycobacteria, or fungi. Though it occurs most often in younger and older populations, people of all age groups can develop infection. Infection in the bone can cause the soft, inner part (bone marrow) to swell. As a result, the swollen tissue compresses the blood vessels in the bone marrow and restricts or cuts off the blood supply to the area. Without an adequate blood supply, the body’s response to fight off infection cannot reach the bone properly. In this case, parts of the bone may die.