Trends in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis at the National Pathology Reference Center of Venezuela, 1996–2006

Abstract number: 1733_960

Dickson-Gonzalez S., Mota-Gamboa J., Rodriguez-Morales A.

Objectives: To describe and analyse the patterns and trends in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis at the Instituto Anatomopatológico José A. O'Daly (the National Pathology Reference Center of Venezuela), Caracas, Venezuela, 1996–2006.

Methods: A total of 613 patients from our pathological database were included in this report, since January 1996 to May 2006 (10 years). The samples processing procedure was through paraffin blocks, with tissular sections (3 um), stained with haematoxylin-eosyn, Ziehl-Nielsen, Gram and Grocott, then the microscopic evaluation is made. Epidemiological, clinical and pathological features are also described.

Results: During the study period there was a clear increase in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis, from 25 cases in 1996 to 92 cases in 2005 (r2 = 0.85, p < 0.05), with a mean of 59±21 cases per year. According to the trends model (y = 6.497x + 23.267), we could expect for year 2006 a record of 95 cases, during the first 5 months of this year we have diagnosed 23 cases. The sex distribution of these cases is predominantly male (68.1%) over female cases (31.9%) (p < 0.05). The histopathological features will furtherly discussed, as well the aetiological agents.

Conclusion: As we have observed, the incidence of osteomyelitis is increasing; although the sex and age distribution not. Different reasons could be attributable to this increase, the number of orthopaedic surgeries, vehicle accidents and new type of injuries which are more often seen.

Session Details

Date: 31/03/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: ICC, Munich, Germany
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