How is diskitis prevented?

Updated: May 13, 2020
  • Author: Alvin Marcovici, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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No specific deterrence is available for diskitis except treatment of the underlying disease (eg, diabetes, sepsis).

Sharma et al reported on the severe complication of diskitis following diskography. [11] They found that the available clinical evidence did not conclusively demonstrate that IV or intradiskal antibiotics during diskography decreased the rate of diskitis in comparison with sterile technique alone. Animal model research supports prophylactic antibiotic use when used before iatrogenic inoculation of intervertebral disks. Both single- and double-needle techniques when used with stylettes are superior to nonstyletted techniques, according to the authors.


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