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Medical and Surgical Management of Pyogenic and Nonpyogenic Spondylodiscitis: Part I

Skaf, Ghassan S. M.D.; Fehlings, Michael G. M.D., Ph.D.; Bouclaous, Carmel H. M.S.

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

  • 1. Describe the pathogenesis of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis in children and adults.
  • 2. Describe the clinical presentation, laboratory findings, and most common bacterial etiology of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis.
  • 3. Describe the various radiographic evaluation modalities and their respective accuracy rates.

1. Describe the pathogenesis of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis in children and adults.2. Describe the clinical presentation, laboratory findings, and most common bacterial etiology of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis.3. Describe the various radiographic evaluation modalities and their respective accuracy rates. This article is the first in a four-part series.

Dr. Skaf is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Ms. Bouclaous is Clinical Department Administrator, Division of Neurosurgery, American University of Beirut, Bliss Street, P.O. Box 113-6044, Beirut, Lebanon, E-mail:gskaf@aub.edu.lb; and Dr. Fehlings is Professor of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery and Spinal Program, The Toronto Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

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 Yaşargil, 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.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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