Predisposing factors for infection in spine surgery: a survey of 850 spinal procedures.

@article{Wimmer1998PredisposingFF,
  title={Predisposing factors for infection in spine surgery: a survey of 850 spinal procedures.},
  author={Cornelius Wimmer and Herbert Gluch and M Franzreb and Michael Ogon},
  journal={Journal of spinal disorders},
  year={1998},
  volume={11 2},
  pages={124-8}
}
A retrospective survey of 850 spinal procedures was conducted to determine risk factors for postoperative spinal infection. Some 574 posterior and 276 anterior procedures were evaluated. Infections were classed as early (within 19 weeks postoperatively) and late (> or = 20 weeks postoperatively), as well as deep and superficial infections. Previously postulated risk factors (i.e., diabetes, corticosteroid therapy, previous spinal surgery, obesity, chronic infection, and smoking) were… CONTINUE READING

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