Infections of the Spine

  • José Guimarães Consciência
  • Rui Pinto
  • T. Saldanha
Part of the European Instructional Lectures book series (EICL, volume 12)


Spondylodiscitis, tuberculosis and peri-operative infections are different sub-groups of the same problem that require specific attention. There are patient-related and case- specific risk factors for a spine infection that although well-documented and significant are unfortunately not generally recognized. In each pathological presentation of the disease the relevance of aetiology, epidemiology, diagnostic tools, as well as treatment modalities has to be well-established clarifying the existing differences between them. The costs of treatment and its failure have to be evaluated considering that we simply need to keep treating our patients. We must emphasise that a spinal infection is usually a treatable condition depending on the patient’s immunological defences, the aggressiveness of the infecting agent, elapsed time to diagnosis, or the efficacy of the chosen treatment.


Vertebral Body Spinal Tuberculosis Epidural Abscess Spinal Infection Peek Cage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Guimarães Consciência
    • 1
  • Rui Pinto
    • 2
  • T. Saldanha
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicFCM-Lisbon New UniversityLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicS. Joad HospitalOportoPortugal
  3. 3.Department of ImagiologyEcasroniz-Chlo HospitalLisbonPortugal

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