Discitis following lumbar puncture in non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Yazici N., Yalcin B., Cila A., Alnay A., Buyukpamukcu M.

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY, vol.22, no.8, pp.689-694, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08880010500278764
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.689-694
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Discitis in children is a rare disorder of intervertebral disc and vertebral end plate. Infection or trauma, like lumbar puncture, may be the possible causes. Low-back pain and gait disturbance are the main symptoms. The most appropriate diagnostic procedure is MRI. Treatment is mainly empirical. Here a case with non-Hodgkin lymphoma is discussed. Treatment consisted of strict bed rest and antibiotics. Safe and sterile technique is important in patients with invasive procedures like intrathecal chemotherapy. Although discitis is a self-healing condition, it might cause vertebral osteomyelitis. In this regard, physicians should be aware of this probable complication after lumbar puncture and manage it earlier in children with cancer.