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Chronic Fibrosing OsteomyelitisIndianapolis, IN

Chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis is an infection of bone tissues in the jaw. This type of infection can reach bone tissue by traveling through the bloodstream or infected tissues. Possible treatment options for chronic fibrosing include antibiotics, removing the infected bone tissue, or a combination of both.

Chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis treatment is available at Indiana Craniofacial Center PC in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas. Some infections begin inside a person's bones if an injury leaves the bone exposed to germs. Thus, it is essential to seek specialized professional treatment at our practice for lasting relief.

Call 317-283-1900 to schedule an appointment with us to see if this treatment is right for you.

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Understanding the Impact of Chronic Fibrosing Osteomyelitis

Those with chronic conditions like kidney failure or diabetes are more likely to develop chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis. People who smoke tobacco products also have an increased risk. Some people with chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis do not experience any symptoms, making it difficult to make a diagnosis. Possible symptoms of chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis include:

  • Redness, swelling or warmth over an infected area around your face
  • A fever
  • Fatigue
  • Pain coming from the area around an infection

People with compromised immune systems, infants, and older adults are more likely to fall into this category.

Diagnosing Chronic Fibrosing Osteomyelitis

Diagnosing chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis often starts with examining the source of the pain or tenderness in the jaw, head, or neck. We might order up blood tests to check if the patient has elevated white blood cell levels in their blood. A high white blood cell count indicates the body is fighting off an infection. Blood tests can also indicate what type of germs are causing the infection.

Imaging tests like X-rays can help detect any damage to the bones. Other imaging tests like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans can help evaluate how the infection is affecting the patient's bones. A bone biopsy might be necessary to pinpoint the microorganism causing the infection.

Knowing the specific germ causing the infection allows us to select an effective antibiotic for it. A bone biopsy sometimes requires surgery to access the bone.

Treating Chronic Fibrosing Osteomyelitis

To begin the treatment process, we will need to evaluate the patient's current condition before determining the most effective treatment option. We will take the time to evaluate the patient's symptoms and find the most effective way to ensure the infection does not spread any further.

With surgery, it may be necessary to drain the infection and remove any infected bone tissue. After surgery, the patient must follow up with antibiotics. The patient will be asleep during the procedure and not feel any pain. While there may be some soreness after the procedure, we can help to find effective pain relief options.

The medication also plays a significant role in the treatment of chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis. Patients are typically on an antibiotics regimen that can last up to six weeks.

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Chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis is a condition that can lead to excruciating pain and life-threatening conditions. Call 317-283-1900 to schedule an appointment and receive the specialized treatment you need.

Indiana Craniofacial Center PC is located at
3750 Guion Rd Ste 280
Indianapolis, IN
46222

(317) 283-1900

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis?

It is a painful condition that mainly affects the jaw. When bone tissue or an area of the face becomes infected, it can cause immense pain and increase other health risks. The longer this condition remains untreated with specialized care, the worse the pain will get. We are a chronic pain specialist that can help provide the specific treatment for this condition.

How is chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis treated?

The most common way to treat this condition is by surgically removing infected bits of bone tissue. The surgery is combined with antibiotics to kill the infection and prevent it from spreading further. We will determine which option is the most effective treatment for the patient.

Is chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis painful?

Yes, it can be quite painful. The proximity of the infection to the brain maximizes the intensity of the pain. Chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis can also lead to muscle spasms, inflammation, and fever. Since the symptoms may mimic other conditions, it is crucial to seek a medical examination as soon as possible.

How do I know if I have fibrosing osteomyelitis?

Anyone who is dealing with pain emanating from the jaw, inflammation, tenderness, and fever should visit a craniofacial specialist for an evaluation. We will use blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, and a bone biopsy to evaluate the extent of the condition. We will then determine what type of germs are causing the infection. Other dental issues like a tooth infection share many symptoms with chronic fibrosing osteomyelitis.