Postoperative spinal wound infections and postprocedural diskitis

Saad B. Chaudhary, Michael J. Vives, Sushil K. Basra, Mitchell F. Reiter

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Background/Objective: Postprocedural infections are a significant cause of morbidity after spinal interventions. Methods: Literature review. An extensive literature review was conducted on postprocedural spinal infections. Relevant articles were reviewed in detail and additional case images were included. Results: Clinical findings, laboratory markers, and imaging modalities play important roles in the detection of postprocedural spinal infections. Treatment may range from biopsy and antibiotics to multiple operations with complex strategies for soft tissue management. Conclusions: Early detection and aggressive treatment are paramount in managing postprocedural spinal infections and limiting their long-term sequelae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-451
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications of spinal fusion
  • Epidural abscess
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Postprocedural spinal infection
  • Surgical site infection


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