Spinal osteomyelitis due to mycobacterium avium-intracellulare in an elderly man with steroid-induced osteoporosis

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  • Disseminated mycobacteria) Infections are becoming widely appreciated among ImmunosuppreESBd and debilitated persons. Specific microbiologic diagnosis may take several weeks, requiring empiric therapy In the Interim, A case of an elderly man undergoing steroid treatment who dovolDpad spinal osteomyelitis Initially thought to be caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis Is described- He wes eventually shown to have infection due to M. evium-intracellutere, which requires a different therapeutic approach. The importance of considering atypical mycobacteria In systemic Infections and the value of aggressive antimicrobial therapy in conjunction with a comprehensive rehabilitation program during hospitalization are emphasized in order to provide optimal management and prevent further disability. © 1993, J.B. Lippincott Company.
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  • Spine  Journal
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    Author List

  • Pirofsky JG; Huang CT; Waites KB
  • Start Page

  • 1926
  • End Page

  • 1932
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 13