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J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2010 Nov;48(5):455-60. doi: 10.3340/jkns.2010.48.5.455. Epub 2010 Nov 30.

Pyogenic spondylodiscitis after percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Busan Wooridul Spine Hospital, Busan, Korea.


We reviewed 9 cases of pyogenic spondylodiscitis following percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD). Microbiologic cultures revealed 6 causative organisms. Five patients were managed conservatively and four were treated surgically. The mean follow-up period was 20.6 months and the average length of hospitalization was 24 days. Radiological evidence of spinal fusion was noted and infection was resolved in all patients. Although PELD is a safe and effective procedure, the possibility of pyogenic spondylodiscitis should always be considered.


Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy; Pyogenic spondylodiscitis

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