Overview of the complications and sequelae in spinal infections

Jef Huyskens, Johan Van Goethem, Marguerite Faure, Luc van den Hauwe, Frank De Belder, Caroline Venstermans, Paul M. Parizel

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Spondylitis or infection of the spine is a spectrum of diseases involving the bone, disks, and/or ligaments. Because of a significant increase in the immunocompromised patient population, spinal infections are a growing and changing group of conditions, making the diagnosis based on imaging more challenging. Most cases of spinal infections are pyogenic and occur after hematogeneous spread of an infection located elsewhere in the body. A prompt diagnosis remains crucial and MR imaging remains the cornerstone in the diagnosis. This article provides a pictorial overview of the complications and sequelae in spinal infections in general. Discussed are postoperative infections, extraspinal spread of infection, fractures and malformations, and neurologic complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-321
Number of pages13
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


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