Vertebral osteomyelitis: long-term outcome for 253 patients from 7 Cleveland-area hospitals.

@article{McHenry2002VertebralOL,
  title={Vertebral osteomyelitis: long-term outcome for 253 patients from 7 Cleveland-area hospitals.},
  author={M. C. McHenry and Kirk A. Easley and Geri A Locker},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={34 10},
  pages={1342-50}
}
We report a retrospective study of 253 patients with vertebral osteomyelitis (VO) who had long-term follow-up. Eleven percent of the patients died, residual disability occurred in more than one-third of the survivors, and relapse occurred in 14%. Median duration of follow-up was 6.5 years (range, 2 days to 38 years). Independent risk factors for adverse outcome (death or qualified recovery) were neurologic compromise, time to diagnosis, and hospital acquisition of infection (P< or =.004… CONTINUE READING
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