Atypical mycobacterial granulomatous epiphyseal osteomyelitis in an immunocompetent child

Shlomo Hayek, Josephine Issakov, Eli Ezra, Shlomo Wientroub, Moshe Yaniv

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Osteomyelitis caused by atypical mycobacteria is rare in children. The majority of affected patients have had some kind of predisposing factor, namely a penetrating injury or surgery, or were immune-compromised. Our experience shows that this diagnosis should be considered in apparently healthy children as well. The use of polymerase chain reaction has now made it possible to identify the pathogen in cases that were previously diagnosed as granulomatous osteomyelitis. We present a case of atypical mycobacterial osteomyelitis affecting the distal femoral epiphysis in an immunocompetent 10-year-old child. The diagnosis in this case was made by the use of the polymerase chain reaction assay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Atypical mycobacterium
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Polymerase chain reaction


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