BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007809

Salmonella sternoclavicular osteomyelitis in a patient with Crohn's disease

  1. Ildiko Kustos3
  1. 1Countess of Chester, Chester, UK
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedics, Countess of Chester, Chester, Cheshire, UK
  3. 3Department of Microbiology, Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester, Cheshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kirkby Daniel Tickell, ktickell{at}


We describe a 73-year-old man with Crohn's disease and previous sternotomies, who developed Salmonella sternoclavicular osteomyelitis subsequent to a Salmonella enteritidis sepsis and closed fracture of his clavicle. We include evidence from several cases related to sternoclavicular osteomyelitis, and Salmonella osteomyelitis. We continue by summarising the aetologies of these diseases, and risk factors that predispose to them.

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