The spinal cord (usually
an infection of the tissue covering the spinal cord, called an epidural
One or more vertebrae (osteomyelitis).
facet joints, which may be the site of infectious
Bacteria that infect the spine usually originate in other parts of
the body and are carried to the spine through the bloodstream. But
bacteria can enter the spine directly during surgery or injection treatments,
as the result of injury, or as a result of IV drug use.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine