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September 1989

Diagnosis of Vertebral Osteomyelitis in a Community Hospital by Using Computed Tomography

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine (Dr Abbey) and the Internal Medicine Residency Program (Dr Hosea), Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Calif. Dr Hosea is also in private practice in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1989;149(9):2029-2035. doi:10.1001/archinte.1989.00390090083017

• Twenty cases of vertebral osteomyelitis from three community hospitals were reviewed. Routine spine radiographs were frequently normal in the setting of active vertebral osteomyelitis. Computed tomographic scanning of the spine frequently detected changes in the vertebral end plates that were diagnostic of vertebral osteomyelitis at a time when routine spine radiographs were unrevealing.

(Arch Intern Med. 1989;149:2029-2035)