Spinal infections refer to any number of infections of the bone, discs or soft tissues of the spine, including osteomyelitis, abscess or meningitis. Related risk factors include having a prior surgery, as well as being elderly or in poor physical condition. Read on for more.
Causes & Triggers
- Compromised immune system (HIV infection, cancer)
- Fungal organisms
- Post-surgical complication
Signs & Symptoms
Tips & Treatments
- Infection may occur in up to 10 percent of all surgical patients.
- Non-surgical treatment often requires intravenous antibiotic or anti fungal medications and therapies.
- Surgical intervention may be necessary in order to maintain or restore spine stability and/or remove infected tissue.