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Combined Leukocyte and Bone Imaging Used to Evaluate Diabetic Osteoarthropathy and Osteomyelitis

SPLITTGERBER, GERALD F., M.D.*; SPIEGELHOFF, DON R., M.D.*; BUGGY, BRIAN P., M.D.

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Six diabetic patents with roentgenographic finding of osteomyelits, osteoarthropathy, or both, had combined leukocyte and bone imaging. Bone images demonstrated increased activity in all cases, including three without osteomyelilis. Leukocyte images, however, showed increased activity in only the three cases of osteomyelitis. There was minimal or no activity in the other three cases where osteoarthropathy was ultimately belleved to be the basis of the roentgenographic and bone imaging changes.

Department of Radiology, Section of Infectious Diseases, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

†St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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