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Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 182–184 | Cite as

Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis caused by Prevotella intermedia

  • M. Fukuoka
  • K. Aita
  • Y. Aoki
  • S. Hayashi
  • T. Satoh
  • T. Hotokebuchi
  • K. Nagasawa
CASE REPORT

Abstract

 We describe a case of vertebral osteomyelitis caused by Prevotella intermedia, which is an extremely unusual cause of vertebral osteomyelitis. The organism was isolated from vertebral biopsies and the patient was treated successfully with intravenous ampicillin-sulbactam and clindamycin. Diagnosis and management of this condition are described, and the importance of anaerobic bacteria in the pathogenesis of vertebral osteomyelitis is discussed.

Key words Vertebral osteomyelitis Anaerobic bacteria Prevotella intermedia Open surgical biopsy 

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© Japanese Society of Chemotherapy and the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Fukuoka
    • 1
  • K. Aita
    • 2
  • Y. Aoki
    • 1
  • S. Hayashi
    • 1
  • T. Satoh
    • 3
  • T. Hotokebuchi
    • 2
  • K. Nagasawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Saga Medical School, Nabeshima, Saga 849-8501, Japan Tel. +81-952-34-2372; Fax +81-952-34-2017 e-mail: fukuoka@post.saga-med.ac.jpJP
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedics, Saga Medical School, Saga, JapanJP
  3. 3.Department of Pathology, Saga Medical School, Saga, JapanJP

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