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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

Print version ISSN 0138-6557On-line version ISSN 1561-3046


FUENTES RODRIGUEZ, Nelson; FELIPE MORAN, Armando  and  PRINCE LOPEZ, José A.. Discitis pospunción lumbar en un niño. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2004, vol.33, n.2. ISSN 0138-6557.

The infection of intervertebral space generally occurs after surgeries performed in the vertebral column and the disc space in particular; but many other causes have been mentioned such lumbar punctures and spinal catheterism. This paper presents the case of an 8-years old boy, who, after lumbar puncture, began complaining of lumbar pain, great difficulties when walking and priapism. Computed tomography showed evident signs of discitis, with discrete osmeolytis in adjacent vertebral bodies. Conservative therapy was applied in the form of administration of wide spectrum antimicrobials to which a positive response was obtained 24 hours later. The boy has been followed-up for two years, and he is asymptomatic, without radiological signs of lumbosacral instability.

Keywords : discitis; vertebral osteomyelitis; spinal sepsis; vertebral infection; lumbar puncture.

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