Primary Osteomyelitis of the Sternum in the Pediatric Age Group: Report of a New Case and Comprehensive Analysis of Seventy-four Cases

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Pediatric primary osteomyelitis of the sternum may have a non-specific onset and be diagnosed late. We analyzed all accessible published cases (n = 73) and 1 new case in order to describe presenting signs and symptoms, laboratory findings, diagnostic imaging features, causative pathogens, treatments, complications and outcomes. This analysis represents the first comprehensive description of the natural history of this rare infection.

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