Spine Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases

  • Jeffrey S. Ross


The neuroimaging evaluation of patients with myelopathy is a fundamental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) application, although it can be one of the more challenging examinations from a technical, interpretative, and differential diagnostic standpoint. The common pathologic lesions responsible for producing myelopathic symptoms in patients include intrinsic and extrinsic compressive, neoplastic, and inflammatory processes. This article focuses on spinal inflammatory diseases, and will review the MRI interpretative and clinicopathologic features of several important disease entities that produce a spine inflection and intrinsic inflammatory myelopathy.


Epidural Abscess Neuromyelitis Optica Vertebral Osteomyelitis Spinal Epidural Abscess Acute Transverse Myelitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey S. Ross
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  1. 1.Southwest Neuro-Imaging, Neuroradiology, Barrow Neurological InstituteSt. Joseph’s HospitalPhoenixUSA

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