Chronic Osteomyelitis Of The Jaw

Question

Asked by WendyO.

Chronic Osteomyelitis Of The Jaw

I suffer from osteomyelitis of the mandible and was wondering if anyone else on this site has also been diagnosed with this condition and has any advice on how to best manage it.

Answer

Osteomyelitis of the mandible (or OM) is a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the bone marrow in the jaw. It is often caused by jaw fractures or dental infections, or it can be a complication of a tooth extraction or radiation treatment to the jaw. Before the widespread use of antibiotics to treat dental infections, OM could be fatal.   The condition is diagnosed by X-rays, blood tests, MRIs, and bone scans and is treated with antibiotics that target the specific bacteria causing the infection. In extreme circumstances, it may be necessary for areas of bone in the jaw itself to be surgically removed as infection becomes resistant to treatment.

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