Discitis osteomyelitis with epidural phlegmon

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Back pain.

Patient Data

Age: Adult

Prominent T5/6 vertebral body oedema with involvement of the disc space and surrounding extensive phlegmon. No abscess as such can be identified within the epidural space. The cord is compressed. 

Destruction of the bony endplates with associated left rib erosion and soft tissue density material surrounding the region. Bilateral small pleural effusions. 

Case Discussion

Discitis/osteomyelitis with cord compression and empyema. Staph. aureus isolated.

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Case information

rID: 4855
Published: 26th Oct 2008
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Tag: spine
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