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Thoracic Spine Pyogenic Infection


A 69-year-old lady with Chronic Renal Failure undergoing hemodialysis complained of severe back pain.

MRI revealed infective focus at T 11-12 level.


CT scan showed gross destruction of T 11-12 vertebra with loss of structural support to the spine.


Surgery was done to fix the spine with Pedicle screws. The vertebral body destroyed by infection was replaced with a cage and bone graft.

This surgery restores the mechanical stability of the spine.

Her cultures grew E. coli for which she was treated with antibiotics.