Five elderly and debilitated patients presented with compressive myelopathy due to pyogenic spondylitis. All had undergone surgery which consisted of eradication of the infected tissue via an anterior approach followed by primary bone graft. Supplementary antibiotic treatment was determined by intraoperative bacteriological culture. This aggressive approach, disregarding the patients’ advanced age and poor general medical state, resulted in total resolution of the neurological deficit and the patients’ return to their preoperative everyday activity.
- Anterior spinal surgery
- Pyogenic spondylitis in elderly
- Spinal cord compression