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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 672815, 4 pages
Case Report

Sequential MR Images and Radiographs of Epiphyseal Osteomyelitis in the Distal Femur of an Infant

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, 7-5-1 Kusunoki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0017, Japan

Received 27 June 2013; Accepted 22 August 2013

Academic Editors: E. Kapsalaki, A. Matsuno, and O. Strohm

Copyright © 2013 Hitomi Hara 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.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an important role in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis, especially during the early phase of the disease. The findings of sequential MRIs during the course of treatment in acute osteomyelitis in children have not yet been reported in the literature. We present a case of acute epiphyseal osteomyelitis in the distal femur of an infant. We monitored imaging changes by sequential MRIs and radiographs. MRI was more useful than radiograph for early diagnosis and evaluation of therapeutic response.