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Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • Fever then no fever then fever again

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  • Stomach was uncomfortable, then had a fever

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is vertebral osteomyelitis?

Infection of the spine bones or cartilage discs between the bones. This can be caused by bacteria spreading from nearby infections or a weakened immune system allowing bacteria to travel to the spine through the bloodstream. This can cause severe complications and treatment is initiated in an emergent manner

Symptoms of vertebral osteomyelitis

  • Fever

  • Kidney failure on dialysis

  • Low back pain

  • Back pain

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Fatigue

  • History of cancer

Questions your doctor may ask to check for vertebral osteomyelitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you currently on dialysis?

  • Do you have lower back pain?

  • Do you experience back pain?

  • Do your arms or legs feel weak?

Treatment for vertebral osteomyelitis

Eradication of the bacterial infection is achieved with a combination of antibiotics and additional interventions such as surgery to debride the area, decompress the spinal cord or nerves, and stabilize the spine if necessary. Prolonged duration of antibiotics is often necessary

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References

  • Sato K, Yamada K, Yokosuka K, Yoshida T, Goto M, Matsubara T, Iwahashi S, Shimazaki T, Nagata K, Shiba N; RESEARCH GROUP FOR SPINE AND SPINAL CORD DISORDERS (HONNEKAI). Pyogenic Spondylitis: Clinical Features, Diagnosis and Treatment. Kurume Med J. 2019 Sep 25;65(3):83-89. doi: 10.2739/kurumemedj.MS653001. Epub 2019 Aug 9. PMID: 31406038.

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Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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