Influence of Culture Results on Management and Outcome of Pediatric Osteomyelitis and/or Septic Arthritis

J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2012 Jun;1(2):152-6. doi: 10.1093/jpids/pis035. Epub 2012 May 3.


Children with uncomplicated osteomyelitis and/or septic arthritis were more likely (P < .01) to have positive focus than blood cultures. Those who grew a pathogen and/or started on a single antibiotic were more likely to be discharged on a single antibiotic, and those sent home on oral therapy had fewer adverse events.