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The classification of a disease is considered as a mandatory step so as to
properly understand its various presentations. This also aids to formulate a favourable
management plan best suited for the patient. Attributing to this fact, various researchers
have proposed different classification systems of osteomyelitis in the literature. These
different classification systems are based on Anatomic position, Clinical presentation,
Pathological features or Radiological features of the disease. Some of the authors have
even classified osteomyelitis on the basis of etiology and pathogenesis too. Henceforth
there are multiple classification systems of osteomyelitis of the jaws throughout the
literature. Authors also believe that these multiple classification systems has created
confusion and hindered the comparative studies for the same. This in turn affects the
pertinent management. This particular chapter highlights various classification systems
of osteomyelitis of jaws.
Acute Osteomyelitis, Chronic Osteomyelitis, Classification of
Osteomyelitis of jaws, Non-suppurative osteomyelitis, Suppurative Osteomyelitis,
Zurich Classification of Osteomyelitis.