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Discitis Osteomyelitis

Discitis/Osteomyelitis

Infection in the disc (Discitis) or vertebral body (Osteomyelitis) can cause pain, fever, weakness, or neurologic injury with subsequent extremity weakness.

Symptoms:

  • Severe back pain 
  • Extremity pain
  • Fever
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Loss of mobility

Tests may include:

  • X-rays 
  • CT Scans
  • MRI
  • Blood work
  • Intra-operative biopsy

Treatment:

Treatment for infections of the spine include antibiotics and surgery.

Gallery:

 

Discitis osteomyelitis T1

Prepare:

Ask yourself–

  • What are my symptoms?
  • Am I experiencing signs of an infection?

Have your Internist or Referring Physician order an MRI of the affected area for you to bring to your appointment.  Although X-rays and CT Scans may be suggestive of infection, an MRI will reveal air changes in the disc and possibly even external involvement in the bone or epidural regions.

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