Infection: Osteomyelitis/discitis

Risk Factors

  • Trauma to area
  • Spinal surgery
  • Hardware
  • Bacteremia
  • Ivdu
  • Dm
  • Esrd
  • Other
  • Compromised host

Symptoms

  • Acute, subacute, or chronic, progressive pain, fever
  • Pain over affected area of cervical spine
  • Spread can lead to epidural abscess

Physical Exam Findings

  • May have pain on palaption/percussion over affected vertebrae
  • Neuro deficits if cord or roots compromised below level of lesion

Sub-Diseases