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[Spondylodiscitis without fever: a diagnostic challenge]

Lüthy, J. and Trampuz, A. and Tyndall, A. and Vogt, T.. (2008) [Spondylodiscitis without fever: a diagnostic challenge]. Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, Jg. 133, H. 34-35. S. 1725-1729.

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Abstract

HISTORY AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: Three patients with different forms of vertebral osteomyelitis are presented, two with hematogenous infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus and one with postsurgical infection after excision of a vertebral disc caused by coagulase-negative staphylococci. None of the patients was initially febrile, but all had localized back pain and a restricted range of movement of the vertebral column. EXAMINATIONS, DIAGNOSIS: In all three patients the MRI of the affected vertebral column was consistent with vertebral osteomyelitis. Microbiological diagnosis was made by bone biopsy in all patients and by blood cultures in two of them. TREATMENT AND COURSE: Antibiotics were administered for 4-6 weeks. At follow-up two patients were without symptoms, but the third patient had persistent back pain without radiological signs of vertebral osteomyelitis. CONCLUSION: In patients with localized back pain vertebral osteomyelitis should be included in the differential diagnosis, even if there is no fever and no increase in white cell count, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate or C-reactive protein level and radiography is normal. Specific bacterial diagnosis should be made by multiple bone biopsy or blood cultures, before starting appropriate antibiotics.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Rheumatologie FPS (Tyndall)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Ehemalige Einheiten Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Rheumatologie FPS (Tyndall)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Former Units at DBM > Rheumatologie FPS (Tyndall)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Infektiologie > Infektiologie (Battegay M)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Infektiologie > Infektiologie (Battegay M)
UniBasel Contributors:De Vere-Tyndall, Alan and Trampuz, Andrej
Item Type:Article, refereed
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Publisher:Georg Thieme Verlag
ISSN:0012-0472
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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