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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 759539, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/759539
Case Report

Anaerobic Spondylodiscitis due to Fusobacterium Species: A Case Report Review of the Literature

1Department of Medicine, Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH 44304, USA
2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH 44304, USA
3Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH 44272, USA

Received 11 February 2015; Accepted 16 April 2015

Academic Editor: Alexandre R. Marra

Copyright © 2015 Tiffany N. Latta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Spondylodiscitis caused by Fusobacterium species is rare. Most cases of spontaneous spondylodiscitis are caused by Staphylococcus aureus and most postoperative cases are caused by Staphylococcus aureus or coagulase-negative staphylococci. Escherichia coli is the most common Gram-negative organism causing spondylodiscitis. Fusobacterium species are unusual causes for anaerobic spondylodiscitis. We report the case of a patient with spontaneous L2-L3 spondylodiscitis, vertebral osteomyelitis, and epidural abscess caused by Fusobacterium species and review the literature for patients with Fusobacterium spondylodiscitis.