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Anterior lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of postoperative spondylodiscitis.

 Sung Han Kim  ;  Moo Sung Kang  ;  Dong Kyu Chin  ;  Keun Su Kim  ;  Yong Eun Cho  ;  Sung Uk Kuh 
 Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society, Vol.56(4) : 310-314, 2014 
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 Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 
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OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical courses and outcomes after anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) for the treatment of postoperative spondylodiscitis. METHODS: A total of 13 consecutive patients with postoperative spondylodiscitis treated with ALIF at our institute from January, 1994 to August, 2013 were included (92.3% male, mean age 54.5 years old). The outcome data including inflammatory markers (leukocyte count, C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate), the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), the modified Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), and bony fusion rate using spine X-ray were obtained before and 6 months after ALIF. RESULTS: All of the cases were effectively treated with combination of systemic antibiotics and ALIF with normalization of the inflammatory markers. The mean VAS for back and leg pain before ALIF was 6.8±1.1, which improved to 3.2±2.2 at 6 months after ALIF. The mean ODI score before ALIF was 70.0±14.8, which improved to 34.2±27.0 at 6 months after ALIF. Successful bony fusion rate was 84.6% (11/13) and the remaining two patients were also asymptomatic. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that ALIF is an effective treatment option for postoperative spondylodiscitis.
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강무성(Kang, Moo Sung)
구성욱(Kuh, Sung Uk) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2566-3209
김근수(Kim, Keun Su) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3384-5638
조용은(Cho, Yong Eun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9815-2720
진동규(Chin, Dong Kyu) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9835-9294
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