Fluoroscopically guided percutaneous disk aspiration in 10 dogs with diskospondylitis

J Vet Intern Med. Sep-Oct 1997;11(5):284-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.1997.tb00466.x.

Abstract

Fluoroscopically guided percutaneous fine-needle aspiration of the intervertebral disk space was performed in 10 dogs with diskospondylitis. Positive bacterial cultures were obtained from 9 of 12 aspirated disk spaces, 1 of 6 blood cultures, and 6 of 10 urine cultures. Positive disk cultures were obtained from 2 dogs with negative blood and urine cultures and from 2 additional dogs with low numbers of Staphylococcus in urine cultures. Adverse clinical sequelae of the procedure were not noted. Percutaneous fine-needle aspiration of the intervertebral disk space is an alternative technique to surgical biopsy to obtain positive bacterial cultures from dogs with diskospondylitis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacillaceae Infections / diagnosis
  • Bacillaceae Infections / pathology
  • Bacillaceae Infections / veterinary
  • Bacillus / isolation & purification
  • Biopsy, Needle / methods
  • Biopsy, Needle / veterinary*
  • Blood / microbiology
  • Diskectomy, Percutaneous / methods
  • Diskectomy, Percutaneous / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / metabolism
  • Dog Diseases / microbiology*
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Fluoroscopy / methods
  • Fluoroscopy / veterinary
  • Intervertebral Disc / microbiology*
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spondylitis / microbiology
  • Spondylitis / surgery
  • Spondylitis / veterinary*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis
  • Staphylococcal Infections / pathology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / veterinary
  • Staphylococcus / isolation & purification
  • Urine / microbiology