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Spinal disorders mimicking infection

Published inInsights into imaging, vol. 12, no. 1, 176
Publication date2021-12-04
First online date2021-12-04

Spinal infections are very commonly encountered by radiologists in their routine clinical practice. In case of typical MRI features, the diagnosis is relatively easy to interpret, all the more so if the clinical and laboratory findings are in agreement with the radiological findings. In many cases, the radiologist is able to make the right diagnosis, thereby avoiding a disco-vertebral biopsy, which is technically challenging and associated with a risk of negative results. However, several diseases mimic similar patterns, such as degenerative changes (Modic) and crystal-induced discopathy. Differentiation between these diagnoses relies on imaging changes in endplate contours as well as in disc signal. This review sought to illustrate the imaging pattern of spinal diseases mimicking an infection and to define characteristic MRI and CT patterns allowing to distinguish between these different disco-vertebral disorders. The contribution of advanced techniques, such as DWI and dual-energy CT (DECT) is also discussed.

  • Degenerative
  • Inflammation
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spondylodiscitis
Citation (ISO format)
BOUDABBOUS, Sana et al. Spinal disorders mimicking infection. In: Insights into imaging, 2021, vol. 12, n° 1, p. 176. doi: 10.1186/s13244-021-01103-5
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ISSN of the journal1869-4101

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