Brodie's abscess

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A Brodie's abscess is a localised pyogenic abscess cavity arising in the metaphysis of one or more long bones - in particular the tibia and the femur.

This condition develops insidiously, often with no prior symptoms.

The abscess cavity is lined with granulation tissue and there is a surrounding reactive bone sclerosis.

In established infection treatment involves excision and sequestrectomy.

Last reviewed 01/2018