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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 137-139
Case Report

Pasteurella multocida Osteomyelitis: An Unusual Case Presentation

Herbert P von Schroeder and Robert S Bell

Musculoskeletal Oncology Unit and Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital and The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Received 24 May 1995; Accepted 31 August 1995

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A healthy male farm employee developed an unusual infection caused by Pasteurella multocida. Atypical features included the chronic nature of the infection, the development of osteomyelitis of the tibia without direct animal inoculation, and lack of fever and leukocytosis. Radiographic appearance of P multocida osteomyelitis may be the result of osteoclast activation and can be confused with musculoskeletal tumour. P multocida infection requires a high degree of suspicion, and should be considered in cases of farm- or animal-related injuries even if there is no history of direct animal contact.