Jon E. Lutz, MD
To the Editor: In the review of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (1), very brief reference was made to its role in the diagnosis of spinal infections. I report a case of anaerobic diskitis and osteomyelitis of the lumbar spine in which MR imaging was useful in establishing the diagnosis.
A 26-year-old man was hospitalized with back pain of 10 days' duration and fever, chills, and sweats. The patient was febrile and had limited flexion of the spine due to back pain. Straight-leg raising elicited back pain in the lumbar region. A roentgenogram of the lumbosacral spine was normal. Initial blood
Lutz JE. Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Diagnosis of Spinal Infections. Ann Intern Med. ;109:348. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-4-348_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(4):348.
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