How is osteomyelitis diagnosed in patients with pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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A combination of diagnostic tests (eg, white blood cell [WBC] count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate [ESR], and plain radiography) provides a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 88%. If all three test results are positive, the positive predictive value of this combination is 69%. If all three test results are negative, the negative predictive value is 96%. [60, 61]


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