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Spinal Infections

This guideline addresses the management of adult patients (≥15 years old) presenting to CMDHB with suspected native vertebral osteomyelitis/discitis (NVO). For the purposes of this guideline NVO will relate to vertebral osteomyelitis and/or vertebral discitis. The advice contained is felt to be appropriate for the vast majority of patients presenting with suspected NVO however it does not replace clinical judgement.

This guideline is NOT applicable to the following populations…

  1. Post-operative or metal ware associated spinal infections.
  2. Spinal infections with a contiguous source (e.g. pressure sore associated spinal infections, post-traumatic spinal infections).
  3. Paediatric patients (<15 years old)

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