What is the efficacy of surgery for diskitis?

Updated: May 13, 2020
  • Author: Alvin Marcovici, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Although in most cases the vertebrae fuse spontaneously after diskitis and osteomyelitis, operative fusion can be a useful adjunct by allowing earlier mobilization of the patient. Despite early concerns, use of a fusion plug and metallic instrumentation in an infected field has not been shown to impede successful treatment.


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