Osteomyelitis is a serious bone infection characterized by inflammation of the bone/bone marrow that can prove fatal if not properly treated. Usually, when it is not properly treated, it is because a doctor has misdiagnosed the condition. This happens far more often than it should.
Osteomyelitis is caused by bacterial or fungal infections. If caught early, the condition is treatable with antibiotics and, sometimes, surgery. However, if left untreated because of misdiagnosis, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. If bone death occurs, amputation may be the only option to prevent the spread of infection. We are focusing our attention on humans, obviously. But osteomyelitis is not limited to humans. Elephants, in particular, are prone to this condition, which is often misdiagnosed and leads to their death.
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