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Eur Spine J. 1995;4(6):357-9.

Exogenous lumbar spondylodiscitis following a stabwound injury and vertebral fracture. A case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Free University of Berlin, Germany.


Exogenous spondylodiscitis is a rare event and is usually iatrogenic. Non-iatrogenic exogenous spondylodiscitis has been described in the literature following transabdominal gunshot wounds associated with injury to the intestines and spine. Several cases of traumatic meningitis and one of a traumatic meningocele following an injury of the spinal sac have been reported. No report of exogenous spondylodiscitis complicating a stabwound has been published. This is a report of exogenous spondylodiscitis following a paravertebral stabwound with a knife in association with a superior wedge fracture of L2.

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