[Spondylodiscitis as a rare manifestation of gout]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 161, 0, (2017), pp. D1898, article D1898
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 5: Inflammatory diseases RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
BACKGROUND: Spondylodiscitis is usually caused by microorganisms, but there are also non-infectious causes. CASE DESCRIPTION: We are describing an 84-year-old man with severe pain in the side and elevated inflammation parameters. MRI of the spinal column yielded a picture suggesting spondylodiscitis. Repeated peripheral cultures and culture of a vertebral biopsy did not yield a pathogen. Intravenous antibiotics had no effect on symptoms or inflammation parameters. When the physical examination was repeated, we found arthritis in the feet and tophi. Microscopic examination of a new vertebral biopsy found urate crystals. This meant we were dealing with spondylodiscitis as manifestation of gout. Treatment with colchicine was highly successful. CONCLUSION: Spinal column gout is unknown, but seems to occur with some regularity. This disease can be symptom-free but may also lead to myelopathy or spondylodiscitis. In case of spondylodiscitis without demonstrated pathogen in patients with gout or risk factors for this, the vertebral biopsy should be evaluated for urate crystals or a dual-energy CT should be considered.
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