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Are Discitis and osteomyelitis the same?

Are Discitis and osteomyelitis the same?

Discitis is relatively uncommon. It mostly affects young children. It often accompanies another condition called osteomyelitis. This is an infection that can affect your bones and bone marrow.

What is the treatment for Discitis?

Discitis is treatable and usually results in an uncomplicated cure. However, it takes a very long course of antibiotic therapy that is usually given intravenously every day at an infusion center. The standard therapy requires six to eight weeks of this intravenous antibiotic therapy.

What is osteomyelitis and Discitis?

Discitis is one of many kinds of spinal inflammation which can cause irritation and swelling of your spine’s surrounding vertebrae, joints, and tissues. Discitis often accompanies another medical condition called osteomyelitis, an infection with inflammation of the bone or the bone marrow.

Is discitis painful?

Discitis is a serious but uncommon medical diagnosis. It is an infection of the intervertebral disc space. The role of the intervertebral discs is to separate and cushion the spinal segments from each other. An infection, and thus inflammation of these discs can cause much pain and discomfort.

When does vertebral discitis and osteomyelitis occur?

Vertebral discitis-osteomyelitis (VDO) is a continuum of disease, with both entities occurring at different times based on the age of the patient; disc infection happens first in young children, while osteomyelitis of the end plates occurs first in adults

When do you need surgery for discitis osteomyelitis?

Progressive vertebral body height loss and collapse may be seen later in the disease course and surgical consultation is often warranted to determine if decompression or stabilization is required. Only gold members can continue reading. Log In or Register to continue

What to do if you have osteomyelitis without an infection?

Treatment Options for Discitis/Osteomyelitis. Discitis without infection can be treated with steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. If an infection is present, antibiotics will likely be prescribed. Modifying your daily activities, bed rest and a supportive brace may also be recommended.

Can a spinal abscess be a vertebral osteomyelitis?

This guideline applies to adult patients with suspected or confirmed vertebral osteomyelitis, discitis, paravertebral abscess, or spinal epidural abscess. (This guideline does not address vertebral osteomyelitis associated with hardware placed at a previous surgery.)