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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is pyogenic spondylitis / discitis?

Infection of the spine bones or cartilage discs between the bones. This is sometimes caused by bacteria spreading from nearby infections. In other cases, the immune system is weakened, allowing bacteria from distant areas to travel to the spine via the bloodstream.

Symptoms related to pyogenic spondylitis / discitis

  • Fever

  • Low back pain

  • Back pain

  • Kidney failure on dialysis

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pyogenic spondylitis / discitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pyogenic spondylitis / discitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain in the lumbar back?

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Are you currently on dialysis (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, etc)?

Treatment for pyogenic spondylitis / discitis

This usually requires strong antibiotics and spine surgery to treat the infection.

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