Health Care Utilization

Children & Adolescents Musculoskeletal Infections

Lead Author(s): 

Scott B. Rosenfeld, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Musculoskeletal infections were diagnosed in 119,900 children and adolescent health care visits in 2012, of which 78,800 had a primary diagnosis of musculoskeletal infection. Of this total, 14,900 children and adolescents were hospital discharges, with 9,100 hospitalizations for a primary diagnosis of a musculoskeletal infection. (Reference Table 7.1.1 PDF CSV and Table 7.1.2 PDF CSV)

Males were more likely to be hospitalized with a musculoskeletal infection than females, as were children between the ages of 1 and 10 years. Musculoskeletal infections as a primary diagnosis accounted for 1.8% of hospital discharges for any musculoskeletal-related condition, but only 0.1% of hospital discharges for all health care reasons for children and adolescents age 20 years and younger. (Reference Table 7.2 PDF CSV)

Hospital Discharges for Children and Adolescents Age 20 and Under with Musculoskeletal (MSK) Infection Diagnosis, by Sex and Age, United States 2012


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