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Discitis in Adults

Shenoy, Kartik MD1,a; Singla, Amit MBBS, MS2; Krystal, Jonathan D. MD3; Razi, Afshin E. MD1; Kim, Yong H. MD1; Sharan, Alok D. MD, MHCDS4

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.17.00104
Review Article

  • * Discitis is a bacterial infection of the intervertebral disc that is commonly caused by direct inoculation from surgery or hematogenous seeding.
  • * Rapid diagnosis and treatment are essential to preserve spinal stability and neurological function.
  • * Discitis is usually treated nonoperatively with antibiotics. However, when surgical intervention is indicated, debridement and intervertebral fusion are often performed to promote healing, limit neurological impairment, and restore spinal stability.

1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU Langone Health, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, New York, NY

2Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

3Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, Woodbury, New York

4WESTMED Spine Center, Yonkers, New York

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