Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 316–319 | Cite as

Vertebral osteomyelitis in an infant presenting with pseudotumor and narrowing of the spinal canal

  • Ralf-Bodo Tröbs
  • Werner Handrick
  • Ina Lotz
  • Cathleen Bankwitz
  • Andrea Tannapfel
Case Report


In an 8-week-old infant, kyphosis caused by destruction of the 7th thoracic vertebra was observed. A paraspinal mass and narrowing of the spinal canal due to vertebral osteomyelitis were present. Treatment with antibiotics and bracing was carried out with no evidence of neurologic disturbances over a follow-up period of 24 months.


Infant Kyphosis Vertebral osteomyelitis 



We thank Prof. D. Harms, University of Kiel, for his pathohistological investigation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf-Bodo Tröbs
    • 1
  • Werner Handrick
    • 2
  • Ina Lotz
    • 3
  • Cathleen Bankwitz
    • 4
  • Andrea Tannapfel
    • 5
  1. 1.Klinik und Poliklinik für KinderchirurgieUniversitätsklinikum Leipzig AöRLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Ärztliches Labor Dr. Berthold & CollLeipzig and Frankfurt/OderGermany
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  4. 4.Department of OrthopedicsUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  5. 5.Department of PathologyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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