Bone infection, X-ray

Bone infection, X-ray

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Caption: Bone infection. Coloured X-ray of the left foot of a 65 year old diabetic patient, showing osteitis (bone inflammation) of the second toe. There is also a complete absence of the third metatarsal (long, central) bone, resulting in only four toes in total. Osteitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection (osteomyelitis). It causes severe pain in the affected bone, a fever and swelling over the affected area. If antibiotic treatment does not clear up the infection, the affected bones must be removed surgically.

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