Diskitis Questions & Answers

Updated: May 13, 2020
  • Author: Alvin Marcovici, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is diskitis?

What is the pathophysiology of diskitis?

What causes diskitis?

What is the prevalence of diskitis?

What is the prognosis of diskitis?

What should be included in patient education about diskitis?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of diskitis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of diskitis?

DDX

What conditions should be considered in the differential diagnoses of diskitis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Diskitis?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of plain radiography in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of radionuclide scanning in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of echocardiography in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of needle biopsy in the diagnosis of diskitis?

What is the role of surgical biopsy in the diagnosis of diskitis?

Which histologic findings suggest diskitis?

Treatment

What is the role of antibiotics in the treatment of diskitis?

What is the role of immobilization in the treatment of diskitis?

What is the role of pain medications in the treatment of diskitis?

What are indications for the surgical treatment of diskitis?

What is the goal of surgery for diskitis?

What is the efficacy of surgery for diskitis?

What are the possible complications of diskitis?

Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of diskitis?

Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of diskitis?

How is diskitis prevented?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with diskitis?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with diskitis?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of diskitis?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Diskitis?