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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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


SANCHEZ CONCEPCION, Rafael; GONZALEZ ROBAINA, Lázaro Germán  and  BELLO GONZALEZ, Saimer. Spondylodiscitis Secondary to Stab Wound. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2016, vol.45, n.4, pp.1-7. ISSN 0138-6557.

Spondylodiscitis is one of the forms of presentation of infectious processes in the rachis. It can be observed in immunocompromised patients or secondary to local interventions such as blockages or procedures of minimal access to the spine. Given the unusual occurrence of spondylodiscitis secondary to sharp trauma, and the presence of early imaging signs capable of showing the spread of the infection from the site of the lesion to the vertebral segment, a case of spondylodiscitis secondary to stab injury is presented. We report a 48-year-old male patient with previous health history, who suffered a stab wound in the left lumbar region. After trauma, he began to present pain in the lumbar spine and absolute functional impotence. Laboratory and imaging studies are performed. The hematological parameters inclined to the diagnosis of an infectious process in the column and the nuclear magnetic resonance evidenced lumbar spondylodiscitis, as well as the fistulous path of the infection from the skin to the affected segment. Treatment consisted of administration of antibiotics and immobilization with a corset during 6 months. The patient presented improvement of symptoms at 3 weeks, with total pain relief at one month. The hematological results gradually improved until reaching normality at 6 months. Spondylodiscitis produced by knife wounding is uncommon condition, but it should be suspected in any patient suffering from this type of injury.

Keywords : column infection; spondylodiscitis; stab wounded.

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