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<< Emergency Department Management Of Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis In Children

Differential Diagnosis

Since the presenting signs and symptoms of AHO are often vague and nonspecific, the emergency clinician must be aware of and consider a workup that includes the myriad of other etiologies of musculoskeletal pain in children. Trauma is one of the most common reasons for pediatric patients to present to the emergency department (ED),27 with sprains, fractures, and dislocations high on the list of differential diagnoses. In the absence of known trauma, the acute presentation of musculoskeletal pain has a much broader differential.

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