Are MODIC Type 2 disc changes associated with low-grade infections?

Lorenzo Drago, Carlo L Romanò, Riccardo Cecchinato, Jorge H Villafañe, Elena De Vecchi, Claudio Lamartina, Pedro Berjano

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to compare intra-operative cultural examination in patients undergoing elective surgery for low-back pain with Modic 2 changes to patients without Modic signs. The aim of this study is to compare intra-operative cultural examination in patients undergoing elective surgery for low-back pain with Modic 2 changes to patients without Modic signs.METHODS: Sixteen patients with Modic 2 changes were compared with 23 patients without Modic signs. Pre-operative laboratory tests and intra-operative tissue cultures were performed, according to a standardized procedure.RESULTS: While no difference was found in pre-operative laboratory tests, intra-operative cultural examination showed positive results in 6/16 (37.5%) Modic 2 patients versus 1/23 (4.3%) in patients without Modic changes (P=0.012).CONCLUSIONS: Although performed in a limited series of patients, this study supports the hypothesis that some cases of Modic 2 changes might be associated with the presence of low virulent bacteria.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Feb 15 2017

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