Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Treated pneumonia one month ago. History of lower back pain for 15 days, referring irradiation to the left. Low fever in the last week.

Patient Data

Age: 60-year-old
Gender: Female

MRI Lumbar spine

Edema and enhancement involving the bone marrow of L1 and L2 surrounded by soft tissue enhancement at the level of L1/2 extending through the left psoas, left paravertebral muscles, and epidural space (anterior, left lateral recess, and through the left L1/2 intervertebral foramen). The disc itself shows increased signal and dubious peripheral enhancement. Diffuse degenerative changes, in particular promoting moderate canal stenosis at the level of L3/4.

Case Discussion

The features are consistent with spondylodiskitis. Remote infections are a known cause of spondylodiskitis caused by spread due bacteremia. In adults, the infection is thought to begin at the vertebral body endplate, extending into the intervertebral disc space and then into the adjacent vertebral body endplate.

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Case information

rID: 45866
Published: 11th Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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