Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2012 Apr;16 Suppl 2:8-19.

Imaging of spondylodiscitis.

Author information

  • 1Department of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, School of Medicine, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. a.leonemd@tiscali.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Spinal infections (pyogenic or non-pyogenic) are increasing in incidence and are a common cause of morbidity in high-risk patients (elderly, immunocompromised patients, diabetic patients, drug addicts, and patients with sickle-cell disease).

AIM:

To provide an overview of the radiological features of spinal infections, focusing on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and to illustrate the differential diagnosis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We reviewed the spine imaging of 118 patients with spinal infections from our files. All patients underwent radiography and MR imaging examinations. computed tomography (CT) was performed in 96 patients.

RESULTS:

MR imaging has greatly contributed to prompt diagnosis, thus allowing implementation of timely appropriate treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent serious bone and joint destruction, and severe neurologic sequelae.

PMID:
22655479
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Support Center