Minimally invasive posterior fixation and anterior debridement-fusion for spondylodiscitis: a 40-case series and review of the literature.


Pyogenic spondylodiscitis is a rare disease, but incidence is increasing. Reported failure rates following conservative management range from 12% to 18%. The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of posterior percutaneous pedicle screw fixation combined with anterior debridement and fusion (ADF) for infective spondylodiscitis in the thoracic and/or lumbar spine.


The retrospective study cohort comprised all patients without neurological deficit who underwent minimally invasive posterior and anterior surgery between April 2008 and April 2016 for thoracic and/or lumbar spondylodiscitis.


Forty patients were eligible (16 female: 40%). The lumbar region was affected in 31 cases (77.5%). Source of infection was identified in only 22 cases (55%) and bacteriological identification was obtained in 32 cases (80%). Mean hospital stay was 14.8 days (range, 6-39 days). Complete recovery was achieved in 39 patients (97.5%) at 3 months’ follow-up. Mean preoperative local kyphosis angle was 16.1o, versus 14o at 1-year (p>0.05). 36 patients (90%) had at least 1 year’s follow-up, and fusion was obtained for all these cases.


Two-stage minimally invasive surgery is effective and safe for the treatment of single or two-level thoracolumbar spondylodiscitis. It could be an alternative to conventional open surgery or conservative treatment.

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