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Can I be paralyzed from discitis if I ignore it?

Can I be paralyzed from discitis if I ignore it?

Discitis: Discitis can be the result of a bacterial infection. If it is not treated, it can lead to progressive spinal cord damage, which might include paralysis. It is very important to be sure of the diagnosis and cause of "discitis.". ...Read more

Discitis (Definition)

When a disc, anywhere along the vertebral column gets infected, the term discitis may be applied. This too is a general term not really focusing on the type of infection or causation, but have seen following surgery, and also with drug ...Read more


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Why is discitis serious?

Why is discitis serious?

Infection.: Discitis literally means "inflammation of the disc" which is usually due to an infection. Infections can lead to involvement of adjacent tissues, including the back bones, but also spread. It can lead to meningitis (a feared infection of the covering of the brain/spinal cord) and could escape into the general circulation. This can lead to other organ involvement/damage and very low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is discitis curable?

Is discitis curable?

Yes: You should be seen by your physician, and he/she would treat you with antibiotics. It can be serious so be seen. ...Read more

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Is discitis cured thrpugh an operation?

Is discitis cured thrpugh an operation?

Discitis: Most of the time antibiotics are used if thought to be infectious in origin. ...Read more

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What does the operation for discitis involve?

Usually a : Decompression with an irrigation and debridement or removal of the infected material followed by a fusion which can be done via several approaches depending on the location of infection and the condition of the patient and what otherg types of procedures the patient has had to date and their underlying health and condition. ...Read more

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Would discitis show on x-ray? What tests should be done to get diagnosed?

Discitis: Can be suggested on plain x-ray in the presence of disk height loss and irregularity/demineralization of the adjacent vertebral body endplates. Mri with contrast is a better study for evaluation and, if it is suggestive, needle aspiration for culture and cytology is commonly advised. ...Read more

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How common is discitis?

Not rare: As an id physician, i see 3 or 4 per year on average. ...Read more

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How can I treat discitis?

Be seen: The definition of discitis is an infection of the disc not just inflammation. You need to be seen by your physician for this. You can also see an acupuncturist/chinese medicine practitioner because that will help relieve pain and chinese herbs can augment what your regular physician suggests. ...Read more

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