Korean J Radiol.  2007 Oct;8(5):448-451. 10.3348/kjr.2007.8.5.448.

Aspergillus Spondylitis involving the Cervico-Thoraco-Lumbar Spine in an Immunocompromised Patient: a Case Report

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. whjee@catholic.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Aspergillosis is a rare cause of spondylitis. Moreover, early diagnosis by MR imaging and adequate treatment can prevent the serious complications of fungal infection. To our knowledge, the MR findings of multilevel aspergillus spondylitis in the cervico-thoraco-lumbar spine have not been previously described. Here, we report the MR findings of aspergillus spondylitis involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine in a liver transplant recipient.

Keyword

Aspergillosis; Spine, infection; Magnetic resonance (MR)

MeSH Terms

Aspergillosis/*diagnosis
Aspergillus/isolation & purification
Bone Transplantation
Cervical Vertebrae/microbiology/pathology/surgery
Humans
*Immunocompromised Host
Liver Transplantation
Lumbar Vertebrae/microbiology/pathology/surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Male
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications/diagnosis/microbiology/surgery
Rare Diseases
Spondylitis/*microbiology/surgery
Thoracic Vertebrae/microbiology/pathology/surgery
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