Spinal gout mimicking osteomyelitis

Au, Minnie, and Wood, John (2015) Spinal gout mimicking osteomyelitis. Medical Journal of Australia, 203 (2). p. 113.

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[Extract] A 41-year-old Australian man with a history of gout presented with severe thoracic back pain and fevers, causing him to be bed-bound for a week. There was no infectious or traumatic precipitating event. This magnetic resonance image of the spine showed a lytic lesion on the T1 spinous process with inflammatory changes in the adjacent soft tissues and surrounded by a small collection of fluid. There was no spinal cord involvement. The patient was treated for vertebral osteomyelitis and gout until a spinal aspirate showed monosodium urate crystals. He made a full recovery.

Item ID: 39501
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Keywords: gout, spinal, osteomyelitis
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 23:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110322 Rheumatology and Arthritis @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis) @ 100%
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