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Journal of Case Reports
Acinetobacter baumannii Induced Pyogenic L1-L2 Spondylodiscitis
Swetabh Verma1, Vineesh Mathur2, Dharmendra Singh1, Mohammad Zahid Khan1       
1Bone and Joints Institute, Medanta Lucknow; 2Bone and Joints Institute, Medanta  Gurgoan, Haryana, India. 
Corresponding Author:
Dr Swetabh Verma
Email: swetabhverma26@gmail.com
Received: 19-JUL-2020 Accepted: 19-NOV-2020 Published Online: 10-APR-2021
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17659/01.2021.0020
Background: Axial back pain is primary presentation of infective spondylodiscitis due to which diagnosis is easily missed, especially in the absence of fever, or in patients admitted in intensive care unit with poor general condition. Prompt diagnosis established by biopsy helps to initiate guided antibiotics, thereby preventing further morbidity and mortality. Case Report: We present a rare such case of spondylodiscitis occurring at L1-L2 disc space due to Acinetobacter baumannii, which was initially undiagnosed due to absence of clinically suggestive symptoms. An endoscopic disc space debridement, evacuation of pus, lavage and biopsy was performed subsequently. Conclusion: The case highlights the importance of having a strong suspicion of spondylodiscitis in susceptible patients, even in the setting of minimal clinical symptoms and the invaluable role of imaging techniques along with culture and biopsy to identify the pathology. 
Keywords : Acinetobacter baumannii, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Back Pain, Biopsy, Debridement, Discitis, Endoscopy, Suppuration.
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