Characterization and Differential Diagnosis of Vertebral Osteomyelitis
Vertebral osteomyelitis is a uncommon disease that can lead to neurologic deficits if not diagnosed in time. The etiologies of vertebral osteomyelitis include pyogenic bacteria, M. tuberculosis, Brucella species, and fungus. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical features and microbiological/radiological characteristics of patients with vertebral osteomyelitis, and investigate the useful tips for the differential diagnosis of vertebral osteomyelitis.
Besides description of characteristics of patients with vertebral osteomyelitis, we also will investigate the usefulness of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis of biopsy specimen. MRI findings during the antibiotic treatment will be monitored and compared for the differential diagnosis of meningitis.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Asan Medical Center
Korea, Republic of
Asan Medical Center
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01125839
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Circumscribed collections of suppurative material occurring in the spinal or intracranial EPIDURAL SPACE. The majority of epidural abscesses occur in the spinal canal and are associated with OSTEOMYELITIS of a vertebral body; ANALGESIA, EPIDURAL; and other conditions. Clinical manifestations include local and radicular pain, weakness, sensory loss, URINARY INCONTINENCE, and FECAL INCONTINENCE. Cranial epidural abscesses are usually associated with OSTEOMYELITIS of a cranial bone, SINUSITIS, or OTITIS MEDIA. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p710 and pp1240-1; J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1998 Aug;65(2):209-12)
Vertebral Artery Dissection
Splitting of the vessel wall in the VERTEBRAL ARTERY. Interstitial hemorrhage into the media of the vessel wall can lead to occlusion of the vertebral artery, aneurysm formation, or THROMBOEMBOLISM. Vertebral artery dissection is often associated with TRAUMA and injuries to the head-neck region but can occur spontaneously.
A surgical procedure that entails removing all (laminectomy) or part (laminotomy) of selected vertebral lamina to relieve pressure on the SPINAL CORD and/or SPINAL NERVE ROOTS. Vertebral lamina is the thin flattened posterior wall of vertebral arch that forms the vertebral foramen through which pass the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Forward displacement of a superior vertebral body over the vertebral body below.
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