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A case report of lumbar discitis, in a district general hospital

  • G. A. AkraEmail author
  • A. N. Baqai
  • D. Das
  • M. Bashir
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Abstract

This is a report of a 51-year-old male who presented with a history of loin pain, difficulty with moving the back and fever. An isotope bone scan was consistent with infective discitis and blood culture grew Staphylococcus aureus. Diagnosis and treatment was early. On reviewing the literature, we found that diagnosis was averagely delayed. This could be avoided by a high index of suspicion and using readily available investigatory tools.

Keywords

Lumbar discitis High index of suspicion Early diagnosis Prompt treatment 

Un cas clinique de discite lombaire

Résumé

Il s’agit d’un homme de 51 ans se présentant avec une douleur lombaire, de la raideur du rachis lombaire et de la fièvre. Une scintigraphie est compatible avec le diagnostic de discite et l’hémoculture retrouve du Staphylocoque doré. Le diagnostic et la mise en route du traitement furent rapides. En revoyant la littérature, nous constatons que le diagnostic est en moyenne plutôt tardif. Ceci peut être évité en dégageant des indices de forte suspicion et en utilisant des outils diagnostiques performants.

Mots clés

Discite lombaire Forte suspicion Diagnostic précoce Traitement rapide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsFurness General HospitalCumbriaUK
  2. 2.Newcastle upon TyneUK

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