Diskitis osteomyelitis

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

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Patient presenting with lower limb weakness.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
MRI

MRI demonstrates features consistent with C5/6 diskitis osteomyelitis with cord compression. Note that on the images provided there is no evidence of an epidural abscess. Rather, the whole epidural mass enhances homogeneously consistent with an epidural phlegmon. 

Case Discussion

The patient went on to have surgical decompression confirming the presence of infection. Microbiology demonstrated gram-positive cocci. 

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Case information

rID: 4751
Published: 8th Oct 2008
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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