What Is Discitis?
Discitis can be very painful; the pain also tends to be aggravated by movement of the spine and often radiates to other parts of the body such as the abdomen, hip, leg or groin.
What Are The Symptoms Of Discitis?
- Loss of appetite
Young children with this condition may act irritable and uncomfortable and refuse to sit up, stand or walk.
How Is Discitis Diagnosed?
- X-ray – to check for narrowing of the disc space between vertebrae
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) – to check for inflammation of the disc space
- Bone Scan – which may reveal increased uptake at the inflammation site
- CBC (Complete Blood Count) – to check for an elevated white blood cell count
- ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) – to check for an elevated sedimentation rate, an indicator of inflammation
How Is Discitis Treated?
A full recovery can be expected in cases that involve infection. In instances in which discitis has developed as a result of an autoimmune disease, recovery may depend on management of that disease, as most autoimmune conditions are typically chronic.
Discuss your condition thoroughly with your doctor, and rely on his or her judgment regarding which treatment option is most appropriate.
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