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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 674820, 4 pages
Case Report

Acute Haematogenous Metacarpal Osteomyelitis in Children: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08025 Barcelona, Spain

Received 6 May 2011; Accepted 12 June 2011

Academic Editors: R. Colodner and S. Dogra

Copyright © 2011 Jordi Colomina Morales et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Metatarsal osteomyelitis in children is a very uncommon disease, and this can make diagnosis difficult leading to a delay in treatment that can cause complications like brachymetacarpia or loss of function. We present an infant affected by granulomatous chronic disease with acute haematogenous osteomyelitis of the fourth metacarpal. Serratia marcescens was found to be the pathogenic agent. Treatment was antibiotics and debridement. Bone healed with little length discrepancy but functional result was normal.