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2020 May 13

Spinal Cord Ser Cases



Vague neck pain following a gastrointestinal procedure: a rare case presentation of vertebral osteomyelitis and cervical epidural abscess.


Bonaddio V, Herman Z, Armstrong J, Kepler C, Molter M
Spinal Cord Ser Cases. 2020 May 13; 6(1):40.
PMID: 32404877.


Vertebral osteomyelitis (VO), spondylodiscitis, and spinal epidural abscesses (SEA) are infectious and inflammatory processes impacting the spine that cause major morbidity and mortality. They require prolonged hospital stays with expensive treatment regimens. Along with acute management, studies have provided evidence highlighting poor long-term outcomes. VO accounts for ~2% of all osteomyelitis. Recent data have illustrated an increase in incidence to 5.4 per 100,000 person years. The majority of patients that present with SEA and VO typically have some combination of back pain, fevers, and neurological deficits.