Cervical Spine infection with Kyphosis

A 65-year-old lady with chronic renal failure complained of pain in the neck and gradual difficulty in walking.

Her MRI revealed infection at C5 and C6 vertebral level with kyphosis

The infective tissue was pressing on the spinal cord giving rise to symptoms of cervical myelopathy

CT scan of the cervical spine revealed complete destruction and collapse of C5 and C6 vertebra with kyphosis deformity

She was operated in two stages

1. C5 and C6 Corpectomy and reconstruction with a cage.

2. Posterior cervical instrumentation and fusion C3 to T1

She was later treated with culture directed antibiotics.

The patient recovered well after the surgery and could get back to her normal life.