Rapid manifestation of cervical vertebral osteomyelitis

S. Spuck*, H. Arnold, R. Kranz, W. Solbach, R. Kaemmerer

*Corresponding author for this work
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Within 10 days after cystoscopy causing urosepsis this patient developed persistant neckpain as initial symptom of vertebral osteomyelitis. E. coli was isolated from urine, blood cultures and later from bone biopsy. Antibiotic treatment did not stop the progress of the disease. A transverse spinal cord syndrome occurred due to a pathological fracture of C5 and C6 and operative decompression was necessary. The rapid onset of osteomyelitis was impressive. For effective treatment of bacterial osteomyelitis a bone biopsy is sometimes unavoidable and indicated.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)671-673
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.03.2005

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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