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Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2001 Nov-Dec;19(6):740-7.

Aseptic spondylodiskitis in rheumatic diseases.

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Rheumatology Section, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona, Spain.


Aseptic diskitis is relatively common. Several rheumatic diseases involving the spine may have this complication. As this condition mimic infectious diskitis, it is important to recognize it. Clinically, it is characterised by vertebral pain of an inflammatory nature, occasionally accompanied by fever and an increase in the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Radiologically, the decrease in the articular space and the irregularity of the vertebral plates are of particular importance. Although uncommon, it is necessary to bear in mind this possibility when the etiological search for a possible infectious diskitis proves fruitless. A MEDLINE (1986-2000) and PUBMED (1966-2000) search of relevant articles was performed. Descriptors used were aseptic diskitis, spondylodiskitis, pseudodiskitis and pseudoarthrosis.

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