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Pyogenic Osteomyelitis of the Spine

Houten, John K. M.D.; Cooper, Paul R. M.D.

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Learning Objectives: After reading this article, the participant should be able to:

  • 1. Identify the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and clinical presentation of patients with pyogenic osteomyelitis of the spine.
  • 2. Define the distinctive laboratory results and the appropriate imaging techniques for the diagnosis of pyogenic osteomyelitis of the spine.
  • 3. Explain the medical and surgical treatment options and outline a treatment plan for pyogenic osteomyelitis of the spine.
  • 4. Describe the postoperative management and outcome in patients with pyogenic osteomyelitis of the spine.

Dr. Houten is Resident and Dr. Cooper is Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, New York University Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Dr. Houten has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

Dr. Cooper has disclosed that he receives grant/research support from and is a consultant for Sofamor Danek.

Editor: Ali F. Krisht, M.D.*

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Production Assistant: Ronalda Williams

Editorial Board:

Ossama Al-Mefty, M.D.

Evandro De Oliveira, M.D.

Curtis A. Dickman, M.D.

Rudolph Fahlbusch, M.D.

John Fox, M.D.

Allan Friedman, M.D.

Douglas Kondziolka, M.D.

Mark Linskey, M.D.

Tom Origitano, M.D.

Glenn Pait, M.D.

Kalmon Post, M.D.

Chandra Sen, M.D.

Robert Solomon, M.D.

Martin Weiss, M.D.

Gazi Yasargil, M.D.

* Dr. Krisht has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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