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Discitis (Overview)

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 addicts who inject intravenously.


Discitis (Overview)

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 addicts who inject intravenously.


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What are the most common symptoms of discitis?

What are the most common symptoms of discitis?

Pain: Toddlers usually refuse to walk (or they have a limp). Older children, adolescents and adults have back pain and decreased range of motion. There may also be abdominal or pelvic pain. Muscle spasm is common. Bending forward (flexion of the spine) may make the pain worse. There is often loss of lumbar lordosis (curve). Fever and malaise are common. ...Read more

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My sister says she has discitis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Discitis: Discitis is generally a very rare infection of the intervertebral disk(s). The incidence ranges from 1 in 100, 000 population to 1 in 250, 000 population. Also rare, it may also be due to certain inflammatory processes. Because of the rare occurrence of either disorder, the risk of its occurring in other family members is extremely low--less than 1 in 1000. ...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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I want to know about discitis?

I want to know about discitis?

?: What do you want to know? It is an infection of the spine. ...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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What's the best treatment to get rid of discitis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of discitis?

Antibiotics: Diskitis is believed to be an extension of osteomyelitis from vertebral body and generally requires 4-6 weeks of antibiotics treatment against staphylococcus the most commonly isolated organism. ...Read more