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Osteomyelitis and Staphylococcus Aureus

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Microbiology Grand Rounds Case Scenario VI

Case Scenario #VI Summary

Objective #1: What is the pathogenesis of this infection?

  • Osteomyelitis occurs when:
  • You experience trauma leading to bone damage
  • Organism inoculation
  • Presence of a foreign material
  • Most commonly, in children, it arises as a consequence of a hematogenous spread of bacteria (ex. Staphylococcus Aureus)
  • Begins in areas with high vascularity due to slower blood flow

Objective #2: What is Staphylococcus Aureus? How does it relate to the normal flora? What are the portals of entry?

  • Staphylococcus aureus is :
  • Gram positive cocci, catalase-positive, and coagulase-positive
  • Facultative aerobe
  • Is a potentially lethal opportunistic pathogen
  • Enzymes (ex. Coagulase, lipase, staphylokinase, beta-lactamase)
  • Toxins (ex. Cytolytic toxins, leukocidin, exotoxin, toxic shock syndrome toxins)
  • Structural defences (ex. Protein A, slime layer).
  • Normal Flora:
  • Human commensal, asymptomatically colonizing about 30% of the human population
  • Found in nasal passages, axillae, inguinal, perineal areas, skin (along with S. epidermidis)
  • Those who are colonized have a higher risk for developing infections
  • Portals of entry:
  • Staphylococcal infections remain localized at the portal of entry by the normal host defenses
  • Skin, mucous membranes, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary tract, conjunctiva of the eye, placenta, parenteral route

Objective #3: Is Owen at risk for this infection as well?

  • S. aureus transmission is by:
  • Direct contact with colonized individuals, contaminated objects and inhalation of infected droplets
  • Children are more commonly affected than adults because:
  • Prone to hematogenous osteomyelitis
  • Improper handwashing/hygiene (too young)
  • Rich vasculature
  • Immune system not fully developed

Objective #4: What is osteomyelitis? How did this infection develop? Who is most at risk for this type of infection? Why?

  • Osteomyelitis is inflammation of the bone
  • Majorly caused by bacterial infection, tissue injury/trauma (Direct), bacteremia.
  • Symptoms of pain, swelling and redness around the infected area, fever
  • Hematogenous osteomyelitis, injury → Blood vessels → Bacteremia → Bones
  • People who are most at risk are those with::
  • Recent injuries, circulation disorders, impaired immune system, IV line or catheter, and the elderly
  • Infants and young children are more susceptible because they are:
  • Prone to hematogenous osteomyelitis
  • Improper handwashing/hygiene
  • Clumsy → Injury
  • Rich vasculature
  • Immune system not fully developed

Objective #5: What was the purpose of the prescribed orders? Why did the antibiotic therapy change?

  • Start with empiric therapy because of broad spectrum and to control the spreading
  • After confirming we use targeted therapy
  • Ampicillin – Possible lactamase resistance
  • Gentamicin – Not sufficient in killing intracellular bacteria

Objective #6: What is the rationale for IV therapy? What is the rationale for 6 weeks of therapy?

  • Higher bioavailability through the IV route compared to the oral route as it goes directly into the blood stream; PICC lines generally have a 100% bioavailability.
  • For osteomyelitis, bacteria might be thriving even with lessened symptoms. Patients should continue taking antibiotics until they have finished the 6 week course as it makes sure the bacteria is gone and the infection is dealt with.

Objective #7: What steps could be taken to reduce the risk of acquiring this type of infection?

  • Avoiding infection
  • Improving your health by:
  • Stopping smoking, healthy diet, managing your weight, alcohol, an regular exercise


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