Neurosurgical Approaches to Spinal Infections

Hazer D. B., Ayhan S., Palaoglu S.

NEUROIMAGING CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, vol.25, no.2, pp.295-309, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Spinal infection is rare. Clinical suspicion is important in patients with nonmechanical neck and/or back pain to make the proper diagnosis in early disease. Before planning surgery, a thorough evaluation of the spinal stability, alignment, and deformity is necessary. Timing of surgery, side of approach, appropriate surgical technique, and spinal instruments used are crucial. Biomechanical preservation of the spinal column during and after the infection is a significant issue. Postoperative spine infection is another entity of which spinal surgeons should be aware of. Proper septic conditions with meticulous planning of surgery are essential for successful spine surgery and better outcome.