Surgical treatment of hematogenous vertebral aspergillus osteomyelitis

Keith H. Bridwell, J. William Campbell, Stephen J. Barenkamp

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Three cases of Aspergillus fumigatas vertebral osteomyelitis failed courses of medical treatment. Each was subsequently treated with anterior vertebral debridement and posterior segmental spinal instrumentation. Despite poor nutritional and immune systems, resolution of the infection and subsequent anterior ankylosis occurred in each patient, with follow-up ranging from 1 to 3 years. If patients with aspergillus vertebral osteomyelitis do not respond to medical treatment, early surgical debridement and stabilization in combination with intravenous amphotericin B can lead to resolution and bony ankylosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1990


  • Anterior vertebral debridement
  • Aspergillus vertebral osteomyelitis
  • Posterior segmental spinal instrumentation


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