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Clinical analysis of intervertebral space infections

Ramazan Pasahan, Mehmet Arif Aladag.


Intervertebral space infections are a serious group of diseases caused by various microorganisms. These infections present various pathological processes with neurological deficit due to pain, deformity, instability and spinal cord compression, and lead to high morbidity and mortality. For this reason, our aim in this study was to contribute to the discussions in the literature by comparing etiologically different disc infections, by revealing different aspects of them, and by assessing them in terms of timing of surgical treatment retrospectively in the light of the literature. In this study, 59 patients with spinal infection were retrospectively evaluated between 2010 and 2015 at Inonu University Department of Neurosurgery. The patients were divided into groups based on age, gender, complaints, duration of complaints, preoperative and postoperative findings, and microorganism sites and compared in terms of sites, malformation, instability, and surgical procedures. Tissue samples taken from the histopathological and bacteriological (culture and cultural sensitivity) patients were examined. Lastly, the effects of each parameter on morbidity and mortality were investigated. It was concluded that early diagnosis and treatment decreases morbidity.

Key words: Spondylodiscitis, pyogenic, paraspinal abscess, instability

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