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    Epidural abscess caused by Schizophyllum commune: a rare case of rhinogenic cranial complication by a filamentous basidiomycete.
    Mycoses 2017 Nov 10. Epub 2017 Nov 10.
    Graduate School of Medicine, Teikyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
    Central nervous system (CNS) infections due to filamentous basidiomycetes are extremely rare. We encountered a case of epidural abscess due to Schizophyllum commune that extended from sinusitis. A 53-year-old Japanese man presented at our hospital with a headache. Read More

    A case of panspinal epidural abscess that presented with meningeal irritation.
    Acute Med Surg 2017 Jul 6;4(3):363-366. Epub 2017 Jul 6.
    Department of Disaster and Emergency MedicineKobe University Graduate School of MedicineKobe CityHyogoJapan.
    Case: In rare cases, spinal epidural abscess involves the entire spine and can lead to neurological deficits and sepsis if treatment is delayed or suboptimal. A 65-year-old man was admitted with a diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. After admission, magnetic resonance imaging showed a spinal epidural abscess from the cervical to lumbar spine. Read More

    Holospinal epidural abscess combined with multifocal extraspinal abscesses in an elderly patient with rheumatoid arthritis receiving infliximab therapy.
    J Neurosurg Sci 2017 Nov 7. Epub 2017 Nov 7.
    Department of Neurosurgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA -

    Holospinal epidural abscesses - Institutional experience.
    J Clin Neurosci 2017 Nov 4. Epub 2017 Nov 4.
    Department of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, United States. Electronic address:
    Purpose: The authors present a holospinal epidural abscesses (HEA) case series and a single institution's experience with varied surgical approaches and outcomes.

    Methods: Medical records were queried and reviewed (6 years) for patients with a spinal abscess diagnosis; HEA were selected. Medical history, comorbidities, blood and epidural pathogens, presentation symptoms, abscess location, presence of mass effect, surgical procedures, treatment regimens, and neurological outcomes were collected. Read More

    Hypothermia with Extreme Bradycardia following Spinal Cord Infarction of Septic Origin.
    Case Rep Neurol Med 2017 4;2017:1351549. Epub 2017 Oct 4.
    Department of Neuroradiology, Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc, Brussels, Belgium.
    Among other autonomic dysfunctions complicating acute spinal cord injury, deep hypothermia is rare but may induce serious cardiovascular complications. There are few pharmacological options to influence hypothermia. A 66-year-old woman was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) for serious cardiac arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation and asystole) in the context of a deep hypothermia (axillary temperature below 32°C). Read More

    Thoracic Spinal Cord Glioblastoma Mimicking Epidural Abscess: Case Report and Literature Review.
    Cureus 2017 Aug 31;9(8):e1631. Epub 2017 Aug 31.
    Neurological Surgery, OhioHealth.
    Spinal cord glioblastoma (SG) accounts for 1.5% of all spinal tumors and has a poor prognosis with survival ranging from 2 to 26 months from presentation. A 57-year-old male presented with one week of paraparesis and contrasted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of an epidural enhancing thoracic mass suspicious for an epidural abscess. Read More

    Thoracic Spondylodiscitis Epidural Abscess in an Afebrile Navy Veteran: A Case Report.
    J Chiropr Med 2017 Sep 19;16(3):246-251. Epub 2017 Sep 19.
    Primary Care, VA Butler Healthcare, Butler, Pennsylvania.
    Objective: The purpose of this case study was to describe the differential diagnosis of a thoracic epidural abscess in a Navy veteran who presented to a chiropractic clinic for evaluation and management with acupuncture within a Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

    Clinical Features: An afebrile 59-year-old man with acute thoracic spine pain and chronic low back pain presented to the chiropractic clinic at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center for consideration for acupuncture treatment.

    Intervention And Outcome: The veteran elected to trial acupuncture once per week for 4 weeks. Read More

    Acute Calcific Tendinitis of the Longus Colli Muscle: Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature.
    Cureus 2017 Aug 23;9(8):e1597. Epub 2017 Aug 23.
    Department of Radiology, Yale New Haven Health System.
    Acute calcific tendinitis (ACT) of the longus colli muscle is a rare cause of debilitating neck pain. The ACT is presumed to be an aseptic inflammatory process of the superior oblique tendons of the longus colli muscle. It is often confused with other more concerning conditions including trauma, epidural abscess, disc herniation, and neoplasm. Read More

    A Case of Infective Endocarditis and Spinal Epidural Abscess Caused by Streptococcus mitis Bacteremia.
    Case Rep Infect Dis 2017 5;2017:7289032. Epub 2017 Sep 5.
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA.
    A 57-year-old man presented with abdominal pain, hematemesis, and melena. He reported taking high-dose ibuprofen for back pain and drinking several 24-ounce beers daily. Examination was remarkable for icteric sclera, poor dentition, tachycardia, and crescendo-decrescendo murmur at right upper sternal border, radiating to the carotids. Read More

    Five Hundred Seventy-Six Cases of Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery Using Local Anesthesia and Sedation: Lessons Learned.
    J Am Coll Surg 2017 Oct 14. Epub 2017 Oct 14.
    Department of Surgery, Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Electronic address:
    Background: General anesthesia and endotracheal intubation are a luxury rather than a necessity for many video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) operations. Twenty-three years ago, I began using local anesthesia and sedation for pleural disease and subsequently, for pericardial and lung disease.

    Study Design: The records of all patients undergoing VATS using local anesthesia and sedation at hospitals of the Geisinger Health System (Danville and Wilkes-Barre, PA), from June 1, 2002 to June 30, 2011, and the Lifebridge Health System (Baltimore, MD) from July 1, 2011 to March 1, 2017, were retrospectively reviewed. Read More

    Use of Epidural Analgesia as an Adjunct in Elective Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: A Review of 4983 Cases.
    Perm J 2017 ;21
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.
    Context: Use of epidural analgesia in patients undergoing elective abdominal wall reconstruction is common.

    Objective: To assess the impact of epidural analgesia in patients undergoing abdominal wall reconstruction.

    Design: All patients who underwent elective ventral hernia repair from 2005 to 2014 were retrospectively identified. Read More

    Spinal epidural abscess: Report on 27 cases.
    Surg Neurol Int 2017 26;8:240. Epub 2017 Sep 26.
    Department of Neurosurgery, Sheri-Kashmir-Institute of Medical Sciences, Kashmir, India.
    Background: Spinal epidural abscess, although an uncommon disease, often correlates with a high morbidity owing to significant delay in diagnosis.

    Methods: In a prospective 5-year study, the clinical and magnetic resonance (MR) findings, treatment protocols, microbiology, and neurological outcomes were analyzed for 27 patients with spinal epidural abscess.

    Results: Patients were typically middle-aged with underlying diabetes and presented with lumbar abscesses. Read More

    The Utility of Local Anesthesia for Neurosurgical Interventions in a Low-Resource Setting: A Case Series.
    World J Surg 2017 Oct 11. Epub 2017 Oct 11.
    UNC -Project Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi.
    Introduction: Trauma is a major contributor to global morbidity and mortality, and injury to the central nervous system is the most common cause of death in these patients. While the provision of surgical services is being recognized as essential to global public health efforts, specialty areas such as neurosurgery remain overlooked.

    Method: This is a retrospective case review of patients with operable lesions, such as extra-axial hematomas and unstable depressed skull fractures that underwent neurosurgical interventions under local anesthesia. Read More

    A Good Short-term Outcome in Delayed Decompression of Cauda Equina Syndrome in Klebsiella pneumoniae Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report.
    Malays Orthop J 2017 Jul;11(2):85-88
    Department of Orthopaedics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Malaysia.
    Spinal epidural abscess is a severe, generally pyogenic, infection of the epidural space of spinal cord or cauda equina. The swelling caused by the abscess leads to compression or vascular disruption of neurological structures that requires urgent surgical decompression to avoid significant permanent disability. We share a rare case of Klebsiella pneumoniae spinal epidural abscess secondary to haematogenous spread of previous lung infection that presented late at our centre with cauda equina syndrome that showed good short-term outcome in delayed decompression. Read More

    Cervical epidural analgesia complicated by epidural abscess: A case report and literature review.
    Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Oct;96(40):e7789
    a903 Hospital, Jiangyou City, Sichuan Province bThe Second Affiliated Hospital, State Key Clinical Specialty in Pain Medicine, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China.
    Rationale: Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon complication in clinical practice. If the abscess is large enough, the patient will rapidly develop neurologic signs of spinal injury, and urgent neurosurgical intervention may be required.

    Patient Concerns: Rapid and correct diagnosis and treatment is important for spinal epidural abscess complication. Read More

    Spontaneous Spondylodiscitis - Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Diagnosis and Treatment.
    Folia Med (Plovdiv) 2017 Sep;59(3):254-260
    Spontaneous spondylodiscitis is a rare but serious infectious disease which is a combination of an inflammatory process, involving one or more adjacent vertebral bodies (spondylitis), the intervertebral discs (discitis) and finally - the neighboring neural structures. In most cases the condition is due to a hematogenous infection and can affect all regions of the spinal cord, but it is usually localized in the lumbar area. The most common clinical symptom is a pronounced, constant and increasing nocturnal paravertebral pain, while consequently different degrees of residual neurological symptoms from nerve roots and/or spinal cord may appear. Read More

    CT-guided minimally invasive treatment for an extensive spinal epidural abscess: a case report and literature review.
    Eur Spine J 2017 Sep 22. Epub 2017 Sep 22.
    Pain Department, The First Affiliated Hospital of GanNan Medical University, No. 23, Qingnian Road, Ganzhou, China.
    Purpose: We present a case involving an extensive epidural abscess that was successfully treated with computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous needle drainage and systemic antibiotic therapy.

    Methods: A 44-year-old woman with a history of spine injection procedures complained of severe backache and progressive radiating pain in her right lower extremity followed by sensory deficits in her right lower limb. A laboratory examination revealed leukocytosis and hyperglycemia. Read More

    Lumbar Spine Infection by Granulicatella and Abiotrophia Species.
    World Neurosurg 2017 Sep 20. Epub 2017 Sep 20.
    Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA. Electronic address:
    Background: The Granulicatella and Abiotrophia species are streptococci and natural inhabitants of the oral and urogenital flora. They are uncommonly associated with human pathology, although they can cause septicemia, endocarditis, or bacteremia. These microorganisms are difficult to culture and identify due to particular microenvironment requirements. Read More

    Percutaneous Endoscopic Debridement and Drainage with Four Different Approach Methods for the Treatment of Spinal Infection.
    Pain Physician 2017 Sep;20(6):E933-E940
    Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Republic of Korea.
    Background: The incidence of spinal infection seems to be increasing in recent years. Percutaneous endoscopic debridement and drainage (PEDD) has become an effective alternative to extensive open surgery.

    Objective: This study reviewed the charter of patients who received PEDD using 4 different approach methods to evaluate the clinical results. Read More

    Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus Infections.
    Curr Top Microbiol Immunol 2017 Sep 13. Epub 2017 Sep 13.
    Department of Pediatrics, The University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC6054, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA.
    Staphylococcus aureus, although generally identified as a commensal, is also a common cause of human bacterial infections, including of the skin and other soft tissues, bones, bloodstream, and respiratory tract. The history of S. aureus treatment is marked by the development of resistance to each new class of antistaphylococcal antimicrobial drugs, including the penicillins, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, glycopeptides, and others, complicating therapy. Read More

    Delayed Brain Edema and Swelling following Craniectomy for Evacuation of an Epidural Abscess that Improved by Cranioplasty: Case Report.
    J Neurol Surg Rep 2017 Jul 28;78(3):e109-e112. Epub 2017 Aug 28.
    Department of Neurosurgery, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
    We report a unique case of delayed brain swelling following craniectomy that improved rapidly after cranioplasty, and discuss the potential mechanism underlying this delayed and reversible brain swelling. A 22-year-old woman developed surgical site infection after removal of a convexity meningioma. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an epidural abscess around the surgical site. Read More

    Chronic thoracolumbar subdural empyema: Case report and surgical management.
    Surg Neurol Int 2017 1;8:167. Epub 2017 Aug 1.
    Department of Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
    Background: Spinal cord abscesses and spinal subdural empyemas are rare and difficult to treat.

    Case Description: A 35-year-old male presented to an outside institution with 2 months of progressive low back pain, weakness, and bowel incontinence; he was diagnosed with an L4 epidural abscess that was poorly managed. When the patient presented to our institution, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a well-organized chronic subdural abscess at the thoracolumbar junction. Read More

    Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Series of 101 Cases.
    Am J Med 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Internal Medicine Department, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Calif; Infectious Disease Division, Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Calif; Infectious Disease Division, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
    Background: Spinal epidural abscesses are uncommon but potentially devastating infections that often elude early diagnosis. An increasing incidence has been suggested; however, few contemporary data are available regarding risk factors and epidemiologic trends over time.

    Methods: A retrospective study of spinal epidural abscesses from 2004 to 2014 at a large academic hospital was conducted. Read More

    A spinal infection with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.
    BMJ Case Rep 2017 Aug 7;2017. Epub 2017 Aug 7.
    Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK.
    We present a case of a 60-year-old woman with an invasive spinal infection with Staphylococcus pseudintermedius associated with a 15-year-old spinal fixation device and epidemiological contact with dogs. It was confirmed on blood culture and culture from pus from the epidural abscess and successfully treated using similar treatment as for a Staphylococcus aureus infection - 6 weeks of intravenous flucloxacillin 2 g four times daily with a 6 week follow-on course of oral clindamycin 450 mg three times daily. This case represents the first reported deep abscess forming infection with this recently discovered organism. Read More

    The time-sensitive challenge of diagnosing spinal epidural abscess in the emergency department.
    Intern Emerg Med 2017 Aug 4. Epub 2017 Aug 4.
    Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX, 75390, USA.
    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare but devastating condition. Entry of infectious contents into the epidural space occurs via contiguous infected tissue, hematogenous spread, or iatrogenic inoculation. Traditionally, emergency providers are taught to assess for the "classic triad" of spinal pain, fever, and neurological deficits, but this constellation of findings is seen in only 10-15% of cases. Read More

    Incidence, Morbidity, and Surgical Outcomes of Complex Spinal Inflammatory Syndromes in Adults.
    World Neurosurg 2017 Nov 27;107:63-68. Epub 2017 Jul 27.
    National Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Budapest, Hungary; Department of Neurosurgery, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
    Background: Spondylodiscitis is a rare inflammatory syndrome affecting intervertebral discs and adjacent vertebral bodies. Without appropriate therapy, serious complications, such as secondary spinal epidural abscess (SEA), may prolong recovery time. In this study, we compared the main characteristics of our cohort of patients with spondylodiscitis with those of patients reported in the international literature and analyzed the impact of complications associated with spondylodiscitis on clinical outcomes. Read More

    Streptococcus intermedius: an unusual cause of spinal epidural abscess.
    J Spine Surg 2017 Jun;3(2):243-249
    The Spinal Column Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.
    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) following dental procedures is a rarely reported entity. Here, we present a unique case of a 74-year-old immunocompetent man who developed severe lower back pain and bilateral lower extremity weakness 4 days following two root canal procedures. Lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed several pockets of epidural abscesses extending from L1 through L5. Read More

    Cerebral Epidural Abscess Secondary to Blastomyces Masquerading as an Epidermoid Tumor.
    Open Forum Infect Dis 2017 29;4(3):ofx112. Epub 2017 May 29.
    Departments of Neurosurgery, Pathology, and Medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence.
    There have been infrequent reports of isolated central nervous system blastomycosis. We report a case of intracranial epidural abscess secondary to Blastomyces dermatitidis in a patient residing in Rhode Island with a history of remote travel to an endemic area. The clinical, radiographic, and pathologic features of this unique case are reviewed. Read More

    Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess in a normoglycemic diabetic patient - Keep it as a differential.
    J Clin Orthop Trauma 2017 Apr-Jun;8(2):178-180. Epub 2016 Sep 28.
    Department of Orthopaedics, Room No. 15, Nehru Hospital, PGIMER, Chandigarh 160012, India.
    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare and serious condition which can lead to permanent neurological deficit. Spontaneous SEA is even rarer condition with an incidence of less than 1 per 10,000 person-year. Being spontaneous, it has high chances of being misdiagnosed, more so when the risk factors are not clearly explainable for the condition. Read More

    Primary calvarial tuberculosis.
    Surg Neurol Int 2017 21;8:126. Epub 2017 Jun 21.
    Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurosurgery, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
    Background: Tuberculosis is a very common disease in India. Its prevalence, capacity to affect every other organ, and atypical presentations make it an important part of the differential diagnosis for cases presenting in the rural setup. Primary tuberculous caries of the calvarium is a rare manifestation of this common entity. Read More

    Recent Developments in the Treatment of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.
    Orthop Rev (Pavia) 2017 Jun 23;9(2):7010. Epub 2017 Jun 23.
    Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a serious condition that can be challenging to diagnose due to nonspecific symptomology and delayed presentation. Despite this, it requires prompt recognition and management in order to prevent permanent neurologic sequelae. Several recent studies have improved our understanding of SEA. Read More

    A novel case of Raoultella planticola osteomyelitis and epidural abscess.
    BMJ Case Rep 2017 Jul 13;2017. Epub 2017 Jul 13.
    Department of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA.
    A spinal epidural abscess is the collection of pus in the epidural space, and is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires early detection and prompt management. Almost two-thirds of cases are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, followed by Gram-negative bacilli which account for approximately 16% of cases. Raoultella planticola is an emerging pathogen, and is an extremely rare cause of invasive infection in humans. Read More

    Spinal angiolipomas: A puzzling case and review of a rare entity.
    J Craniovertebr Junction Spine 2017 Apr-Jun;8(2):91-96
    College of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, USA.
    Patients with spinal epidural abscesses (SEAs) may have a variable presentation. Such an infection has a typical appearance on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and enhances with gadolinium. We present a case that was a diagnostic challenge where pre- and intra-operative findings resulted in conflicting impressions. Read More

    Cervical spine epidural abscess: a single center analytical comparison to the literature.
    Spinal Cord Ser Cases 2017 6;3:17036. Epub 2017 Jul 6.
    Summa Health System, College of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, USA.
    Study Design: Retrospective review of patient charts.

    Objectives: Cervical spine epidural abscess (CSEA) is uncommon. In this study, characteristics of CSEA patients are described through an institutional analysis and literature review. Read More

    Emergency 1-stage anterior approach for cervical spine infection complicated by epidural abscess.
    Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Jun;96(26):e7301
    Department of Spine Surgery, Shanghai East Hospital, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
    It was a retrospective analysis.The aim of the study was to explore the safety and reliability of emergency 1-stage radical debridement and reconstruction using titanium mesh filled with autologous bone for patients with cervical spine infection complicated by epidural abscess.At present, cervical spine infection complicated by epidural abscess is known as a severe spine disease. Read More

    Oesophageal pleural fistula presenting with Parvimonas micra infection causing cervical and brain abscesses.
    Anaerobe 2017 Oct 23;47:233-237. Epub 2017 Jun 23.
    Academic Neurosurgery Unit, St George's University of London, London, UK.
    Parvimonas micra (P. micra) infections causing spinal cord compression are extremely rare. We report an occult oesophageal pleural fistula presenting with spinal epidural and brain abscesses resulting in severe neurological deficits caused by P. Read More

    Disco vertebral osteomyelitis causing intradural spinal abscess with cauda equina compression.
    Br J Neurosurg 2017 Mar 3:1-3. Epub 2017 Mar 3.
    a Academic Neurosurgery Unit, Atkinson Morley Neurosurgery Centre , St George's, University of London , London , UK.
    Intradural extramedullary spinal infections causing cauda equina compression are uncommon. We report an Escherichia coli bacteraemia causing lumbar discitis and an intracanalicular collection compressing the cauda equina: initially thought to be an epidural empyema, however microsurgery revealed an intradural location. Decompression, drainage, antibiotics, and neuropathy treatment are essential management. Read More

    Minimally invasive spine surgery in lumbar spondylodiscitis: a retrospective single-center analysis of 67 cases.
    Eur Spine J 2017 Jun 12. Epub 2017 Jun 12.
    Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University Innsbruck, Anichstr. 35, 6020, Innsbruck, Austria.
    Background: Minimally invasive surgical techniques have been developed to minimize tissue damage, reduce narcotic requirements, decrease blood loss, and, therefore, potentially avoid prolonged immobilization. Thus, the purpose of the present retrospective study was to assess the safety and efficacy of a minimally invasive posterior approach with transforaminal lumbar interbody debridement and fusion plus pedicle screw fixation in lumbar spondylodiscitis in comparison to an open surgical approach. Furthermore, treatment decisions based on the patient´s preoperative condition were analyzed. Read More

    [Spondylodiscitis : Current strategies for diagnosis and treatment].
    Orthopade 2017 Jun 6. Epub 2017 Jun 6.
    Klinik für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45147, Essen, Deutschland.
    Spondylodiscitis is a severe infectious disease of the intervertebral discs and of the adjacent parts of the vertebral bodies, culminating in destruction of the mobile segment. It is accompanied by a mortality rate of approximately 15%. Severe courses of the disease can also lead to abscess formation and dispersal of sepsis. Read More

    Magnetic resonance imaging of bacterial and tuberculous spondylodiscitis with associated complications and non-infectious spinal pathology mimicking infections: a pictorial review.
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2017 Jun 5;18(1):244. Epub 2017 Jun 5.
    Department of Radiology, Yale New Haven Health System at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street, Bridgeport, 06610, CT, USA.
    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging plays an important role in the evaluation of bacterial and tuberculous spondylodiscitis and associated complications. Owing to its high sensitivity and specificity, it is a powerful diagnostic tool in the early diagnosis of ongoing infections, and thus provides help in prompt initiation of appropriate, therapy which may be medical or surgical, by defining the extent of involvement and detection of complications such as epidural and paraspinal abscesses. More specifically, MR imaging helps in differentiating bacterial from tuberculous infections and enables follow up of progression or resolution after appropriate treatment. Read More

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