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Top 10 Spinal Injuries

Infection

Bacterial infection of a vertebra or disk does not commonly occur, but persons with an immune deficiency and those who use illicit drugs intravenously areat risk. When an infection occurs in a vertebra it is called osteomyelitis and in a disk it is called diskitis.

If diagnosed early the treatment is usually an antibiotic. However, if the diagnosis is made late then surgical removal of the infected tissue may be necessary along with spinal fusion and antibiotics.

Tuberculosis of the spine is unusual in North America. However, it may occur in persons with exposure to parts of the world where it persists.

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