Primary sternal osteomyelitis in a healthy child due to community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and literature review


Kara A. , Tezer H., Devrim I., Caglar M. , Cengiz A. B. , Gur D. , ...More

SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.39, no.5, pp.469-472, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00365540601034808
  • Title of Journal : SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • Page Numbers: pp.469-472

Abstract

Primary sternal osteomyelitis is a rare condition. Most of the recent cases have been reported in intravenous drug abusers. A 4-y-old male case of primary sternal osteomyelitis due to community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus with no apparent risk factors is reported. The diagnosis should be suspected in a young patient presenting with acute inflammatory swelling over the sternum. While bacteriological culture results are pending, antibiotic therapy with Staphylococcus aureus coverage should be initiated empirically and the possibility of community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus must be borne in mind. In this report we also review the literature of paediatric primary sternal osteomyelitis.