M. J. Farrar, A. P. Walker, P. Cowling

December 1998, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 509 - 511 Case report Read Full Article 10.1007/s005860050116

First Online: 10 December 1998

We report a case of chronic discitis and vertebral osteomyelitis that we believe was caused by Salmonella typhimurium following laser decompression of the L4/5 disc for symptomatic disc protrusion in a 50-year-old Asian man. The infection was successfully treated with intravenous ceftriaxone combined with oral ciprofloxacin. We believe this to be the only report of such a complication following this procedure, which is generally without infective complications.

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