Signs and symptoms
Common symptoms of spinal infections include:
- Persistent back pain, especially at night
- Back stiffness and difficulty with movement
- Numbness or weakness
- Low-grade fever, chills or night sweats
Spinal infections are often the result of an infection elsewhere in the body that travels to the spine through the bloodstream. These infections can be caused by bacterial infection, fungus or tuberculosis.
- Biopsy and aspiration
- Laminectomy and drainage You will be positioned face down on a padded frame/bed. By opening the skin and muscle layers the spine is exposed. Either part of the roof (laminotomy) or the entire roof (laminectomy) is removed depending on how much exposure is needed for the operation. The infection is drained. When surgery is done the retractors are removed allowing the muscles to cover the exposed canal and the skin is closed.