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Spinal infections are rare, but, when they happen, they can be destructive if not treated promptly and properly. Infections can occur in the spinal bones or vertebrae in the soft discs that cushion each vertebra or in the soft tissue around the spine. At our, we address any spinal infections promptly and carefully.
Diagnosing spinal infection begins with a thorough history and a meticulous clinical examination. The doctor usually asks for X-rays, CT scan and MRI. Usually the first step is blood investigations, followed by biopsy. The biopsy usually reveals the organism which helps in further treatment.
Treatment of infections without any nerve damage and paralysis of muscles, usually is based on antibiotics, antifungals or anti-Tuberculosis drugs, based on the biposy. Surgery is offered in cases with nerve/spinal cord compression and/or instability. The surgery entails decompression, alignment of spinal column, stabilization and obtaining material for biopsy. The infection is treated with sensitive antibiotics for a long duration.