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Pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis in heroin addicts.

Authors
  • Fishbach, R S
  • Rosenblatt, J E
  • Dahlgren, J G
Type
Published Article
Journal
California medicine
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1973
Volume
119
Issue
2
Pages
1–4
Identifiers
PMID: 4199351
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The diagnosis of pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis was made in seven narcotic addicts between 1967 and 1972. Vertebrae involved were either cervical or lumbar. Bacteriologic diagnosis was made in each case by percutaneous needle biopsy and aspiration. Staphylococcus aureus was cultured in two patients. Five patients had infections due to Gram-negative bacteria, including Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacter. All patients were cured by treatment with antibiotics and immobilization.

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