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VOLUME 9 , ISSUE 3 ( September-December, 2022 ) > List of Articles


Diabetic Pyomyositis: An Unusual Cause of Painful Thigh

Mugundhan Krishnan, Muralidharan Kamalakannan, Usharani Budumuru, K Malcolm Jeyaraj, Perumal R Sowmini, S Sakthivelayutham

Keywords : Lumbosacral plexopathy, Osteomyelitis, Pyomyositis, Thrombophlebitis

Citation Information : Krishnan M, Kamalakannan M, Budumuru U, Jeyaraj KM, Sowmini PR, Sakthivelayutham S. Diabetic Pyomyositis: An Unusual Cause of Painful Thigh. Bengal Physician Journal 2022; 9 (3):77-79.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10070-7090

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 06-01-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Pyomyositis is defined as the pyogenic infection of skeletal muscle, which leads to the formation of an abscess. It is difficult to diagnose in its early course, due to poor localizing signs and vague presentation. Diagnosing pyomyositis needs a high index of suspicion. Any delay in diagnosis will lead to sepsis, compartment syndrome, and ultimately death. We describe here a case of pyomyositis of the left thigh, with a relatively non-specific presentation, who was successfully managed with antibiotics and aspiration of pus.

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