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Infective discitis in older people

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Location: http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/29/5/454

Description: Age and Ageing, Vol 29, 454-456, Copyright © 2000 by British Geriatrics Society
Case report. Infective discitis as an uncommon but important cause of back pain in older people
V Goel, J Young and C Patterson
Case reports. Two elderly patients (aged 70 and 80 years) presented with severe back pain and restriction of spinal movements. Inflammatory markers were raised and in each case computed tomography findings confirmed infective discitis. One patient improved with antibiotics but the second developed paraplegia, a recognized complication of discitis.Conclusion. The association of back pain, restricted spinal movements and raised inflammatory markers should act as 'red flags', alerting the clinician to the presence of serious, but potentially treatable pathology.Keywords: back pain, infective discitis, inflammatory markers

Type: Case Study
Author/Contact: Goel et al
Institution: Age and Aging
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Language: English

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