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

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. Define the principles of conservative and surgical treatment of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis.
  2. Describe the indications for conservative and surgical treatment of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis.
  3. Describe the incidence, clinical presentation, laboratory findings, and the most appropriate treatment of postoperative spondylodiscitis.

Define the principles of conservative and surgical treatment of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis.Describe the indications for conservative and surgical treatment of pyogenic spontaneous spondylodiscitis.Describe the incidence, clinical presentation, laboratory findings, and the most appropriate treatment of postoperative spondylodiscitis. This article is the second 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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