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Doctor insights on: Discitis In Children

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How common is discitis?

How common is discitis?

Not rare: As an id physician, I see 3 or 4 per year on average. ...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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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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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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What do you recommend for discitis?

What do you recommend for discitis?

Infectious discitis: Treated in hospital with rest antibiotics paincontrol discitis is usually a diagnosis obtained in a hospital. ...Read more

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Does the pain from discitis get better?

Does the pain from discitis get better?

Yes.: But discitis can occur in spondylitis and is autoimmune. Discitis can also be infectious. The type is quite important in treating appropriately. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: discitis?

Inflamed disc: 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. ...Read more

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

It depends.: Discitis is usually caused by infection (in which case, it's not familial). ...Read more

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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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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

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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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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

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What the treatment of septic cervical discitis?

What the treatment of septic cervical discitis?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a student of 22. I ave back pain for the last 6 7 months. And doctor examined that it is discitis. Is it curable?

Hi, I am a student of 22. I ave back pain for the last 6 7 months. And doctor examined that it is discitis. Is it curable?

Discitis: Is not a condition. Back pain may be due to lumbar disk (unlikely in young people, at most 10% of back pain is disk disease; lower in younger).
And... disk vs. muscle strain has similar good prognosis of getting better in a week or two.
Phys therapy can be helpful in prevention
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health ...Read more

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If I had an MRI and CT of my back about a month ago, would they have picked up if I had discitis?

Discitis: Sometimes it takes contrast to notice discitis. Did you have IV contrast with your mri. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of recurring discitis? I'm having increased numbness in my back, pelvis and feet.

What is the likelihood of recurring discitis? I'm having increased numbness in my back, pelvis and feet.

Likely: Recurrence is common. Depending on how affective treatment is will determine your options. Also the time frame for recurrence will dictate what to do. It will also depends on cause (injury vs infection). ...Read more

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What to do if I have a staph infection or diskitis?

I presume: You are being treated with intravenous antibiotics to clear this infection and a close follow-up that this is adequately treated. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom contracted a fatal infection called diskitis from gambro dialysis center and died, are their others?

Diskitis (sic): I wonder if your mother had a central venous catheter (C) placed and used as an access for her hemodialysis treatments. If so, she could have had a sepsis (S) that went to her spine, discitis, among other places in her body. The rate of S is 25% of patients with C and 25% of those patients will die, or about 6% on an annual basis. I am sorry for your loss and S is a complication of C. ...Read more

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I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

Chocolate: This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more