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Brucellar discitis as a cause of lumbar disc herniation: a case report

Cem Yilmaz1, Aykan Akar1, Erdinç Civelek1, Berkay Köksay1, Serdar Kabatas1, Tufan Cansever1, Hakan Caner1
DOI: 10.1016/S0028-3843(14)60143-2
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2010;44(5):516-519.



Brucellosis is an infectious disease spread by consumption of non-pasteurized milk products or through contact with infected animals. Spinal involvement is one of the most important complications and the lumbar area is the most frequently affected site. Among the neurological consequences, nerve root compression can be a result of epidural abscess, granuloma or discitis secondary to vertebral body involvement.

In this case report we present a 50-year-old male patient with brucellar discitis without spondylitis which caused lumbar disc herniation.

We want to emphasize that discitis should also be considered in differential diagnosis of nerve root compression in suspected cases.

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