Osteomyelitis originating in the epiphysis of the long bones is quite rare and is usually found at either the distal femur or the proximal tibia. We report the case of a 12-year-old male with epiphyseal osteomyelitis that had developed in the distal tibia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first published case report. The patient's history of a trauma that resembled an ankle sprain had delayed the diagnosis and subsequently led him to develop septic arthritis. The ankle is a common site of simple trauma; however, epiphyseal osteomyelitis is rare at this site. Therefore, if the symptoms continue or worsen after trauma, the clinician should check the affected site and take a more aggressive approach to make an early diagnosis.
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- Acute hematogenous osteomyelitis
- Distal tibia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine