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Whether it’s from poor nutrition, cancer, diabetes, fungal or bacterial organisms – spinal infections lead to weakness, stiffness, and pain. Treatment for spinal infections range from antibiotics or anti-fungal medications to surgical interventions to rid the body of the infection in question.
Important information regarding tumors and infections can be found in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center for spine & orthopedic surgery.
When evaluating a patient for complaints related to the spine, it is imperative to consider potentially destructive lesions such as a tumor or infection. Any patient with unexplained weight loss, fever, chills, night pain, or a history of previous malignancy should arouse suspicion of a destructive lesion or an infection.¹
¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.