L5/S1 endplate osteomyelitis/discitis with epidural abscess

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Low back pain for 2 weeks, fever of 38.5C, CRP >400

Patient Data

Age: 46
Gender: Male

Classic case of left anterior endplate osteomyelitis at L5 that has entered the L5/S1 disc space and then into the epidural space, extrinsically compressing the thecal sac as well as anteriorly into the prevertebral soft tissue. 

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Case information

rID: 16319
Published: 10th Jan 2012
Last edited: 18th Sep 2015
Tag: spine
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