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Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2012 Nov;22(4):755-72. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2012.06.002. Epub 2012 Oct 2.

Spine infections.

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Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA. jlgomd@me.com

Abstract

Infections of the spine represent a rare but potentially debilitating and neurologically devastating condition for patients. Early diagnosis, imaging, and intervention may prevent some of the more critical complications that may ensue from this disease process, including alignment abnormalities, central canal compromise, nerve root impingement, vascular complications, and spinal cord injury. This article reviews the underlying pathophysiologic basis of infection, clinical manifestations, and imaging modalities used to diagnose infections of the spine and spinal cord.

PMID:
23122265
DOI:
10.1016/j.nic.2012.06.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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