Imaging of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections

Marcin B. Turecki, Mihra Taljanovic, Alana Y. Stubbs, Anna R. Graham, Dean A. Holden, Tim B. Hunter, Lee F. Rogers

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Abstract

Prompt and appropriate imaging work-up of the various musculoskeletal soft tissue infections aids early diagnosis and treatment and decreases the risk of complications resulting from misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. The signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections can be nonspecific, making it clinically difficult to distinguish between disease processes and the extent of disease. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the imaging modality of choice in the evaluation of soft tissue infections. Computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, radiography and nuclear medicine studies are considered ancillary. This manuscript illustrates representative images of superficial and deep soft tissue infections such as infectious cellulitis, superficial and deep fasciitis, including the necrotizing fasciitis, pyomyositis/soft tissue abscess, septic bursitis and tenosynovitis on different imaging modalities, with emphasis on MRI. Typical histopathologic findings of soft tissue infections are also presented. The imaging approach described in the manuscript is based on relevant literature and authors' personal experience and everyday practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-971
Number of pages15
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Volume39
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

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Soft Tissue Infections
Pyomyositis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Fasciitis
Tenosynovitis
Necrotizing Fasciitis
Bursitis
Cellulitis
Manuscripts
Delayed Diagnosis
Nuclear Medicine
Diagnostic Errors
Radiography
Abscess
Signs and Symptoms
Early Diagnosis
Tomography

Keywords

  • Imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Soft tissue infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Turecki, M. B., Taljanovic, M., Stubbs, A. Y., Graham, A. R., Holden, D. A., Hunter, T. B., & Rogers, L. F. (2010). Imaging of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections. Skeletal Radiology, 39(10), 957-971. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00256-009-0780-0

Imaging of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections. / Turecki, Marcin B.; Taljanovic, Mihra; Stubbs, Alana Y.; Graham, Anna R.; Holden, Dean A.; Hunter, Tim B.; Rogers, Lee F.

In: Skeletal Radiology, Vol. 39, No. 10, 10.2010, p. 957-971.

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Turecki, MB, Taljanovic, M, Stubbs, AY, Graham, AR, Holden, DA, Hunter, TB & Rogers, LF 2010, 'Imaging of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections', Skeletal Radiology, vol. 39, no. 10, pp. 957-971. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00256-009-0780-0
Turecki MB, Taljanovic M, Stubbs AY, Graham AR, Holden DA, Hunter TB et al. Imaging of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections. Skeletal Radiology. 2010 Oct;39(10):957-971. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00256-009-0780-0
Turecki, Marcin B. ; Taljanovic, Mihra ; Stubbs, Alana Y. ; Graham, Anna R. ; Holden, Dean A. ; Hunter, Tim B. ; Rogers, Lee F. / Imaging of musculoskeletal soft tissue infections. In: Skeletal Radiology. 2010 ; Vol. 39, No. 10. pp. 957-971.
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