Case contributed by Dr Wael Nemattalla


18 years old male presented with low back pain. Patient denying any history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 18 yrs

Note indistinctness of affected end plates and altered signal of bone marrow which represents either marrow edema or infarction. Disc is also involved especially anteriorly. No subligamentous or perispinal collections. No abscess formation.

Case Discussion

3 main categories for spinal infections:

1. Pyogenic.

2. Tuberculous.

3. Fungal [immunocompromised].

In pyogenic infection: early involvement of disc and more bone destruction.
In tuberculous infection: relative sparing of disc; usually subligamentous spread of infection with abscess formation; skipped vertebral lesions is possible due to subligamentous spread.

Note that metastasis sparing the disc. 

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Case information

rID: 6985
Published: 31st Aug 2009
Last edited: 6th Jan 2016
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