Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis complicating abdominal penetrating injury: Case report and review of the literature

Arianna Zefelippo, Paola M. Bertazzoni, Aldo M. Marini, Paolo De Rai, Ettore Contessini-Avesani

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Abstract

Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis is a rare condition usually associated with endocarditis or spinal surgery. However, it may also occur following abdominal penetrating trauma with associated gastrointestinal perforation. Diagnosis might be challenging and appropriate treatment is essential to ensure a positive outcome. In trans-abdominal trauma, 48 hours of broad-spectrum antibiotics is generally recommended for prophylaxis of secondary infections. A case report of vertebral osteomyelitis complicating trans-colonic injury to the retroperitoneum is presented and clinical management is discussed in the light of literature review.

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 27 2013

Keywords

  • Penetrating abdominal trauma
  • Post-traumatic infections
  • Vertebral osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine

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