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Vertebral osteomyelitis after blunt traumatic esophageal rupture.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7709286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY DESIGN: This is a report of a case. OBJECTIVE: To document the occurrence and characteristics of vertebral osteomyelitis after blunt traumatic esophageal perforation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Vertebral osteomyelitis in association with esophageal rupture has been reported after penetrating, but not blunt traumatic injuries. METHODS: All of the listed authors were involved in the care of this patient. All medical records, laboratory and radiologic investigations, and related literature were reviewed. RESULTS: The mixture of oral aerobic and anaerobic organisms inoculated into vertebral bone after blunt traumatic esophageal perforation caused a rapidly destructive vertebral osteomyelitis reminiscent of bite-wound injuries of the hand. CONCLUSIONS: Awareness of the occurrence of blunt traumatic esophageal perforation and the associated risk of vertebral osteomyelitis may lead to earlier detection and treatment of these infections.
D Ring; A R Vaccaro; G Scuderi; D Green
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spine     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0362-2436     ISO Abbreviation:  Spine     Publication Date:  1995 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-09     Completed Date:  1995-05-09     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610646     Medline TA:  Spine (Phila Pa 1976)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  98-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine.
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MeSH Terms
Esophagus / injuries*
Middle Aged
Osteomyelitis / diagnosis,  etiology*,  microbiology,  physiopathology,  therapy
Thoracic Vertebrae* / microbiology,  physiopathology
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*

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