What are the possible complications of diskitis?

Updated: May 13, 2020
  • Author: Alvin Marcovici, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Neurologic deficits develop in 13-40% of patients, especially those with diabetes or other systemic illnesses. Transfer to an institution with neurosurgical or orthopedic spinal care is warranted for any patient demonstrating neurologic decline for decompression and possible stabilization.

Long-term antibiotic therapy may lead to ototoxicity or renal toxicity.


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