ORIGINAL ARTICLES: PDF OnlyKrödel A.; Krüger, A.; Lohscheidt, K.; Pfahler, M.; Refior, H. J.Journal of SPINAL DISORDERS: February 1999 - p 17-26 Buy Abstract Summary To simplify and shorten the rehabilitation after anterior debridement and fusion in pyogenic and tuberculous osteomyelitis of the spine, the role of additional extrafocal dorsal transpedicular instrumentation was studied. Thirty-three (10 female, 23 male) patients were followed up in a prospective study and controlled with an average follow-up period of 22.1 months after the operation with clinical and neurologic check-up, blood test, and serial radiographs. Solid bony fusion and healing of the infection was achieved in all patients. Preoperative deformities could be corrected, and there were no life-threatening complications. Dorsal extrafocal stabilization offered the advantage of braceless rehabilitation without adding unpredictable risks. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.