Pyogenic non-tuberculous spinal infection: an analysis of thirty cases

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1979 Feb;61(1):47-55. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.61B1.370121.


Thirty patients with non-tuberculous pyogenic osteomyelitis of the spine are reported in all of whom the diagnosis was confirmed bacteriologically, histologically or serologically. The clinical and radiological features and investigations are analysed. Back pain, localised to the level involved, was the predominant symptom. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate was raised in all cases, and a characteristic sequence of radiological features is described.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Escherichia coli Infections
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnosis*
  • Osteomyelitis / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteomyelitis / etiology
  • Proteus Infections
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Diseases / etiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections
  • Suppuration / etiology
  • Tuberculosis, Spinal / diagnosis


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents