Discitis osteomyelitis with epidural phlegmon

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Back pain.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
Modality: MRI

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. 

Modality: CT

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
Case created: 26th Oct 2008
Last edited: 24th Apr 2017
Tag: spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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