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Infections of the spine: what the orthopedist needs to know

Jacob Weinberg, Jeff S Silber
American Journal of Orthopedics 2004, 33 (1): 13-7
Infections of the spine usually present with back pain in the absence of constitutional symptoms. Diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion and appropriate radiological and laboratory studies. Most infections can be managed conservatively with organism-specific antibiotics and bracing with good success. Surgery may be indicated to isolate the offending organism and to manage neurological and structural complications.

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