A 41-year-old female asked:
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3 months iv treatment for osteomyelitis following acdf, new mri shows same swelling, does this mean infection is still in the bones?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily: An MRI is a very sensitive test and even in a well treated infection responding well to antibiotics, marrow changes can be seen for even 6 months. Because of this, blood markers such as CRP is the more common way to follow infection response in the spine. If any question, an infectious disease specialist can be helpful.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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