Four infants between 2 and 13 weeks of age developed vertebral osteomyelitis. Their symptoms were different from those of children with discitis in that our patients were systemically ill, there was almost complete dissolution of involved vertebral bodies with either normal or nearly normal adjacent vertebral endplates, and three of the four children had recurrence of infection. The importance of long-term antibiotic treatment is emphasised. Years later the radiographic appearance of these children can be identical to congenital kyphosis with either anterior failure of segmentation or posterior hemivertebrae. The treatment should be the same as for congenital kyphosis with early bracing in extension and early fusion for progressive kyphosis.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine