Imaging of Spine Infection

Felix E. Diehn

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This article reviews the imaging and relevant clinical details of infection of the extradural spine. Spine infections are increasing in incidence and in frequency of diagnosis. They are clinically important despite their relative rarity, because they may be life-threatening, and because early diagnosis leads to improved outcomes. The focus is on pyogenic spondylodiscitis. The also typically pyogenic conditions of epidural and subdural abscess, facet joint infection, and pyomyositis are discussed. Nonpyogenic, granulomatous infections are also addressed. Magnetic resonance imaging is emphasized. The radiologist's role in performing minimally invasive sampling procedures is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-798
Number of pages22
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Epidural abscess
  • Facetitis
  • Granulomatous
  • Pyogenic
  • Pyogenic spondylodiscitis
  • Pyomyositis
  • Spine infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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