Postoperative infections in spinal implants. Classification and analysis--a multicenter study.

@article{Thalgott1991PostoperativeII,
  title={Postoperative infections in spinal implants. Classification and analysis--a multicenter study.},
  author={John S. Thalgott and Hal Cotler and Rick C. Sasso and H Larocca and Victoria A Gardner},
  journal={Spine},
  year={1991},
  volume={16 8},
  pages={981-4}
}
A multicenter study was undertaken to analyze postoperative wound infections after posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion. The infection rate of these procedures has been documented in multiple reports. From these results, a classification scheme was developed that can guide therapy and determine the populations at risk. The patients were categorized according to two parameters, the first being the severity or type of infection, and the second being the host response or physiologic… CONTINUE READING