Pseudarthrosis presenting as a late complication of meningococcal septicaemia and disseminated intravascular coagulation


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Abstract

Late skeletal complications of meningococcal septicaemia and disseminated intravascular coagulation are well recognised in children and are largely centred on the growing epimetaphyseal region of long bones. In this article we describe a case of pseudarthrosis of the mid-ulna presenting 18 months following a devastating episode of meningococcal septicaemia in a 3-year-old boy. Radiographs and MRI demonstrated the ulna abnormality. We briefly review the late skeletal complications of the disease and other causes of pseudarthrosis.

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