Vertebral Osteomyelitis

Vertebral osteomyelitis is a bone infection usually caused by bacteria. In the spine, it is often found in the vertebrae, although the infection can spread into the epidural and intervertebral disc spaces.

Osteomyelitis is rare and most common in young children and the elderly, but it can occur at any age.
  • Symptoms
  • Back pain

    • Lower

    • At spine



    • With chills

    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F)


    Gradual lower limb weakness

    or Numbness or tingling in legs, feet, or buttocks

    or Numbness or tingling in shoulders arms or hands


    Restricted movement of back

    A burning feeling in spine

    or Skin rash and redness

    • At back

    Weight loss

  • Risk factors
  • Intravenous drug abuse

    or Tuberculosis

    or Falling sick easily

    or Use of steroids

    or Spinal surgery

  • Treatment
  • Treatment for vertebral osteomyelitis is usually conservative and based primarily on the use of intravenous antibiotic treatment. Occasionally, surgery may be necessary to alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves, clean out infected material, and/or stabilize the spine.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Osteomyelitis, then a visit to an orthopedic surgeon is highly recommended.

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