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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6573271, 5 pages
Case Report

Osteomyelitis of the Patella in a 10-Year-Old Girl: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
2Division of Pediatric Hemato-Oncology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
3Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Correspondence should be addressed to Matthias Sperl

Received 15 March 2017; Accepted 9 April 2017; Published 18 April 2017

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2017 Matthias Sperl 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.


The incidence of osteomyelitis constantly declines. While the disease most commonly affects the long bones, involvement of the patella is rarely seen. Due to this rarity and the variable clinical presentation, diagnosis is often delayed. The present case report describes a 10-year-old female patient with a delayed diagnosis of patella osteomyelitis. The diagnostic procedures and the treatment regimen are described. Additionally, a detailed literature review of the available publications reporting osteomyelitis of the patella in children is presented.