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

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Thomas Riney
generally not contagious within the family unit despite some cases being linked to infectious organisms
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: It depends.

Discitis is usually caused by infection (in which case, it's not familial).

In brief: It depends.

Discitis is usually caused by infection (in which case, it's not familial).
Dr. Cindy Juster
Dr. Cindy Juster
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