Case contributed by Dr Laughlin Dawes


Back pain centred on L2.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male

The lumbar spine films shows

  • loss of height of L1/L2 joint space
  • endplate sclerosis
  • indistinct endplates

These early changes may progress to destruction and fusion.

Case Discussion

This patient had a history IV drug abuse. IV drug abusers are a classical group for discitis as blood-borne bacteria enter the vertebra and cross via small vessels into the disc.

Credit: Dr Ian Bickle. 

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Case information

rID: 36053
Published: 13th May 2015
Last edited: 21st Sep 2017
Tag: rapids
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