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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2006 Jul;17(3):339-51, vii.

Vertebral osteomyelitis.

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The Neuroscience Institute, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Mayfield Clinic and Spine Institute, 222 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 3100, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0515, USA.

Abstract

Vertebral osteomyelitis (VO) is an infectious disease of the vertebral body that requires early diagnosis with identification of the infecting organism to direct antibiotic therapy. Most VO can be treated nonsurgically, but 10% to 20% of cases require open surgical treatment. Excellent clinical outcomes can be achieved with appropriate medical and surgical treatment.

PMID:
16876033
DOI:
10.1016/j.nec.2006.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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