A Case of Brucella Spondylodiscitis with Extended, Multiple-level Involvement

Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Firat University, Faculty of Medicine, Elazig, Turkey.
Southern Medical Journal (Impact Factor: 0.93). 03/2005; 98(2):229-31. DOI: 10.1097/01.SMJ.0000152755.07937.60
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Brucellosis is a zoonosis that affects several organs and has a protean presentation. The authors report the case of a 61-year-old male patient with brucellar spondylodiscitis involving several vertebrae and a paravertebral abscess localized in the erector spinae muscle. Diagnosis was made by positive blood culture and MRI. No relapse was seen with a combined treatment (doxycycline/rifampin) for 3 months, followed by doxycycline alone for 6 months. Almost all radiologic findings disappeared at the end of a 1-year follow-up without any further treatment.

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