Diagnostic flowcharts in osteomyelitis, spondylodiscitis and prosthetic joint infection

P. C. Jutte, E. Lazzeri, L. M. Sconfienza, V. Cassar-Pullicino, A. Trampuz, N. Petrosillo, A. Signore

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Abstract

Infections of the bone, spine and prosthetic joints are serious and complex conditions to diagnose and to treat. Structured diagnostic workup may very well improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis, thereby improving the outcome since treatment may very well be more successful and less harmful if timely management is started. Literature shows no uniform advise on diagnosis. The EANM organized a consensus meeting with representatives from the involved disciplines in order to develop common flowcharts for the diagnosis of osteomyelitis, spondylodiscitis and prosthetic joint infections. In this report the proceedings of this consensus meeting, including the proposed flowcharts for diagnosis, are published.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-19
Number of pages18
JournalQuarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Volume58
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Discitis
  • Osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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