KUMJ | VOL. 14 | NO. 2 | ISSUE 54 | APR-JUN. 2016

Osteomyelitis of Humerus and Intramuscular Abscess Due to Melioidosis
Vijaykumar GS, Thilakavathy P, Jeremiah SS, Vithiya G

Melioidosis is a clinically diverse disease caused by gram negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is a potential bioterrorism agent. The high risk group includes the agricultural and construction workers whose contact with contaminated soil and water may expose them to bacteria. The clinical manifestations varies from asymptomatic infection to overwhelming sepsis. To diagnose melioidosis a high index of suspicion along with isolation and identification of the organism from the clinical samples is needed. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for better outcome. We are reporting a case of melioidosis which presented as osteomyelitis of humerus with intramuscular abscess.
Keyword : Burkholderia pseudomallei, melioidosis, osteomyelitis.