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Obturator externus abscess in a 9-year-old child: A case report and literature review

Published inMedicine (Philadelphia), vol. 96, no. 9, e6203
Publication date2017

Obturator pyomyositis is a rare condition in children. Diagnosis is often delayed because of its rarity, and the vagaries of its presentation cause it to be easily be missed. Physicians should therefore familiarize themselves with this condition and consider it as a possible differential diagnosis in patients presenting with an acutely painful hip. Inflammatory syndrome is also frequent among sufferers and the MRI is a very sensitive diagnostic tool for obturator pyomyositis. Additionally, joint fluid aspirations and blood cultures are also useful in identifying the pathogen. The appropriate antibiotic therapy provides a rapid regression of symptoms during the early stage of pyomyositis. In cases of MRI-confirmed abscess, surgical treatment is indicated.

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis/diagnosis/therapy
  • Pyomyositis/diagnosis/therapy
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DE BODMAN, Charlotte et al. Obturator externus abscess in a 9-year-old child: A case report and literature review. In: Medicine (Philadelphia), 2017, vol. 96, n° 9, p. e6203. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006203
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