Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis: analysis of 20 cases and review.

  title={Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis: analysis of 20 cases and review.},
  author={Adrienne Torda and Thomas Gottlieb and Ross Bradbury},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  volume={20 2},
The diagnosis of vertebral osteomyelitis is easily missed, particularly for the elderly in whom signs of sepsis may not manifest. The case records of 20 patients with vertebral osteomyelitis who were treated at our hospital between January 1989 and April 1993 were reviewed. The average age of the patients was 72 years. Infection was most commonly due to intravenous cannula-related sepsis. Eighty-five percent of patients presented with back pain, and only 30% had a fever. Computerized tomography… CONTINUE READING
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