Which physical findings are characteristic of diskitis?

Updated: May 13, 2020
  • Author: Alvin Marcovici, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Localized tenderness over the involved area with concomitant paraspinal muscle spasm is the most common physical sign. If the cervical or lumbar segments are involved, restricted mobility secondary to pain occurs. Reported rates of neurologic deficit (eg, radiculopathy, myelopathy) vary widely, ranging from 2% to 70%. Cervical disease is associated with a much higher rate of neurologic deficit.


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