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Is it possible to have osteomyelitis of your spine without a fever?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Fever occurs in less than 50% of vertebral osteomyelitis cases.
Back pain and an elevated sedimentation rate both occur in greater than 90% of cases. Mri scan is by far the most sensitive and specific test to confirm the diagnosis and to insure there is no para vertebral spread of infection.

In brief: Yes

Fever occurs in less than 50% of vertebral osteomyelitis cases.
Back pain and an elevated sedimentation rate both occur in greater than 90% of cases. Mri scan is by far the most sensitive and specific test to confirm the diagnosis and to insure there is no para vertebral spread of infection.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Kris Radcliff
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Most patients with osteomyelitis/discitis do not have fever.
It presents with back pain at first with or without neurological symptoms. It often occurs in people with compromised overall health, such as people with immune diseases, diabetes, renal failure, or intravenous drug abusers. If you suspect that you have a spinal infection then you should undergo MRI with contrast immediately.

In brief: Yes

Most patients with osteomyelitis/discitis do not have fever.
It presents with back pain at first with or without neurological symptoms. It often occurs in people with compromised overall health, such as people with immune diseases, diabetes, renal failure, or intravenous drug abusers. If you suspect that you have a spinal infection then you should undergo MRI with contrast immediately.
Dr. Kris Radcliff
Dr. Kris Radcliff
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: Very unlikely

I wonder if the patient had a diskitis, an extension of subacute osteomyelitis of vertebra to "disk.
" affected children often refuse to walk or limp. Older children complain of back pain. They usually run low-grade fever.

In brief: Very unlikely

I wonder if the patient had a diskitis, an extension of subacute osteomyelitis of vertebra to "disk.
" affected children often refuse to walk or limp. Older children complain of back pain. They usually run low-grade fever.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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