Spinal infection in intravenous drug abusers.

  title={Spinal infection in intravenous drug abusers.},
  author={Chin-Yi Chuo and Yin-Chih Fu and Yen-Mou Lu and J S Chen and Wun-Jer Shen and Chung-Hsien Yang and Cheng-Yen Chen},
  journal={Journal of spinal disorders & techniques},
  volume={20 4},
The number of intravenous (IV) drug abusers has been increasing in recent years. They are generally younger and healthier than the typical patient with a spinal infection. Reviewing the English language literature, there are only a few articles discussing the relationship between IV drug abuse and spinal infection. We studied 21 IV drug abusers with spinal infection. All were male, 19 were in their 30s and 40s with a mean age of 44 years. The mean follow-up period was 41 months after surgical… CONTINUE READING

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