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Spinal Infection and Trauma Center

Spine trauma and spinal infections may acutely occur without warning. Both conditions require fast diagnosis, timely management, and careful follow-up.

Spine Trauma and Infections: What You Need to Know

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Spine infections such as spinal abscess may be caused by bacteria or a fungus. Poor nutrition, obesity, and a weakened immune system may increase the risk.

Because of the non-specific symptoms, spinal infections are difficult to diagnose. Symptoms may include:

  • acute onset of fever and chills
  • pain localized in the neck or back.

Most infections require antibiotics, and surgical intervention may be appropriate depending on the disease progression.

Spinal instability and neurological compromise may require immediate surgical clearing and drainage of the abscessed area.

If a previous spinal infection has resulted in spinal deformity, you may want to consult with our team of spine surgeons about possible surgical correction.

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Why choose the Johns Hopkins Spinal Infection and Trauma Center?


Our Physicians

You can rely on the expertise of our spine surgeons to help you manage spinal infection and trauma.

Meet Our Physicians:
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Our Patient Care: Spinal Infections

The neurosurgeons at the Johns Hopkins Spine Center are well versed in the different pathogens that can infect the spine and how to manage them.

Our Patient Care: Spinal Trauma

Traumatic injury can cause rapidly progressive damage to the spinal cord, so secondary injury prevention begins immediately and continues after the patient arrives at the hospital.

Neurosurgical treatment may involve non-operative measures such as bracing and traction, alone or together with an operative intervention, such internal reduction and fixation.


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