General Principles in the Consensus of SSI Management after Spine Surgery

Christopher K. Kepler, Srikanth N. Divi, Wesley H. Bronson, Barrett S. Boody, Anand H. Segar, Glenn S. Russo, Ian David Kaye, Frank J. Sirch, Matthew S. Galetta*, Dhruv K.C. Goyal, Taolin Fang, Gregory D. Schroeder, Alexander R. Vaccaro

*Corresponding author for this work

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In July of 2018, the Second International Consensus Meeting (ICM) on Musculoskeletal Infection convened in Philadelphia, PA was held to discuss issues regarding infection in orthopedic patients and to provide consensus recommendations on these issues to practicing orthopedic surgeons. During this meeting, attending delegates divided into subspecialty groups to discuss topics specifics to their respective fields, which included the spine. At the spine subspecialty group meeting, delegates discussed and voted upon the recommendations for 63 questions regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infection in spinal surgery. Of the 63 questions, 8 questions focused on general principles in spine surgery, for which this article provides the recommendations, voting results, and rationales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical spine surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2019


  • ICM
  • SSI
  • SSI management
  • general principles
  • infection
  • international consensus meeting
  • spine surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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