Possible association of Kingella kingae with infantile spondylodiscitis

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Nov;32(11):1296-8. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182a6df50.


The course of the spondylodiscitis' infantile form is characterized by a mild-to-moderate clinical and biologic inflammatory response. Unfortunately, blood and disk/vertebral aspiration cultures show a high percentage of negative results. However, detecting Kingella kingae DNA in the oropharynx provided reasonable suspicion, to our opinion, that this microorganism is responsible for the spondylodiscitis.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Discitis / diagnosis
  • Discitis / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kingella kingae / isolation & purification*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Neisseriaceae Infections / diagnosis
  • Neisseriaceae Infections / microbiology*
  • Oropharynx / microbiology
  • Prospective Studies