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July 29, 1933

A BENIGN FORM OF OSTEOMYELITIS OF THE SPINE

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NEW YORK
From the clinic of the New York Orthopaedic Dispensary and Hospital.

JAMA. 1933;101(5):335-337. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300003002
Abstract

Although osteomyelitis of the vertebral column generally is considered to be relatively uncommon, numerous case reports and descriptions of the condition have been published. With very few exceptions they have dealt with the very acute form associated with high temperature, marked prostration, frequent paralysis from involvement of the spinal cord, and with a high mortality. The impression is had from reading the textbooks and most of the articles on the subject that this is the generally accepted picture of the disease. Steindler1 describes a milder form of infection, and Kidner2 has reported three cases which ran a relatively benign course. From August, 1924, to December, 1932. sixteen cases of osteomyelitis of the spine have been collected from the records of the New York Orthopaedic Dispensary and Hospital and one other was seen in consultation. They indicate the occurrence of a milder form of the disease which, in this

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