Diskitis

Alternative Names

Disk inflammation

Definition of Diskitis

Diskitis is swelling (inflammation) and irritation of the space between the bones of the spine (intervertebral disk space).

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Diskitis is an uncommon condition. It is usually seen in children younger than age 10.

Treatment

The goal is to treat the cause of the inflammation and reduce pain. Your child may receive antibiotics if the health care provider suspects an infection. Autoimmune diseases are often treated with anti-inflammatory medications.

Expectations (prognosis)

Children with an infection should fully recover after treatment. Chronic back pain from this condition is very rare.

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/28/2010

Skeletal spine
Intervertebral disk

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