What is the role of bone biopsy in the workup of diabetic foot ulcers?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020
  • Author: Tanzim Khan, DPM; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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If osteomyelitis is suspected, a bone biopsy is the gold standard for confirming the diagnosis. Bone biopsies are performed either through open technique or percutaneously, with or without the assistance of fluoroscopy. Osseous specimens are sent for histologic and microbiologic evaluation.


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