How sensitive is radiography compared to other studies for osteomyelitis in sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Radiography is not as sensitive as other studies for osteomyelitis in the first 1-2 weeks. However, plain images subsequently show cortical destruction, periosteal new bone, and (with time) sinus tracts and sequestra.

See Skeletal Sickle Cell Anemia for more information on imaging studies in SCD.

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