Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 19, issue 4, P819-830 2005 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2005.07.008 View full text
Michael Gardam, Sue Lim

Abstract: Physicians can expect to see more mycobacterial bone and joint disease in North America as a result of increased travel, immigration, and use of immunosuppressive medications. The first step in treating infections caused by these organisms is to consider the diagnosis early in the course of illness. Long-standing untreated mycobacterial infections typically cause significant bone destruction and loss of function. The treatment of mycobacterial bone and joint infection requires prolonged antibiotic therapy, oft…

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