Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteomyelitis

Mauricio S. Baptista

University of Sao Paulo


João Paulo Tardivo

Faculdade de Medicina do ABC


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Osteomyelitis is the name given to bone infection caused by microorganisms, especially bacteria, but also mycobacteria or fungi. According to the time and evolution of the disease, osteomyelitis can be classified as acute or chronic and theoretically can affect any bone of the body, but there are more prevalent parts in accordance to the origin of the disease. People with exposed fractures, compromised immunity who have recently undergone surgery, those with uncontrolled diabetes, sickle cell anemia and circulatory disorders in general, are at risk for the disease. In addition, patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hemodialysis, those who continuously use corticosteroids and users of injecting abuse drugs, should also be considered among the risk group. Both diagnostic methods and treatment possibilities have undergone a revolution in the last decade and our proposal in this book is to provide a good overview of the current scenario of osteomyelitis diagnosis and treatment. We propose to separate the book in the main sub-groups, i.e., circulation disorders, injury or surgery, immune suppression, and chronic osteomyelitis, which have similarities in the disease and on the respective diagnosis and treatment. We expect that this book will be useful not only to physicians but also, for other health professionals and scientists.

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Date completed: September 19th 2019

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About the editor

Mauricio S. Baptista

University of Sao Paulo

Mauricio S. Baptista graduated in Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of São Paolo in 1990, obtained a Master in Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) at the University of São Paolo in 1992 and a Ph.D. In Chemistry at Marquette University, USA in 1996. He did post-doctorate at UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, USA in 1997 and was a visiting professor at the Universitè Joseph Fourier (Grenoble-France) in 2006. Has been a faculty in the Department of Biochemistry, University of São Paolo since 1998 where he is currently a full professor of Biochemistry. Has scientific interest in the following subjects: regulated cell death, membranes and interfaces, osteomyelitis, photochemistry/photobiology, photodynamic therapy, redox processes. Has published over 150 papers in international journals that add 5600+ citations (h=43). He is serving as chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the Institute of Chemistry of USP. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences (RSC) and in the editorial board of Scientific Reports (Nature).

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