Clinical characteristics of Staphylococcal pyomyositis

J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2002 Jun;35(2):121-4.


Pyomyositis is common in the tropics but rarely reported in temperate climates. This disease may give rise to obscure, non-specific, or misleading signs and symptoms. Delayed diagnosis and treatment may lead to death. The most common pathogen is Staphylococcus aureus. We analyzed 8 cases treated in the Tri-Service General Hospital between 1989 and 2001. There were 3 males and 5 females with age ranging from 2 to 66 years. Fever was found in all patients. The mean time lag between the onset of minor symptoms and diagnosis was 10 days. The imaging tools used included sonography, gallium-67 scan, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Early application of sonography to any suspected lesions can help to establish diagnosis. All 8 patients recovered smoothly without complications after incision, drainage, and administration of adequate antibiotics for 2 to 4 weeks.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fever / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myositis / diagnosis*
  • Myositis / drug therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnostic imaging
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Staphylococcus aureus / metabolism
  • Staphylococcus aureus / pathogenicity
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents