Role of Imaging, Tissue Sampling, and Biomarkers for Diagnosis of SSI in Spine Surgery

Srikanth N. Divi, Christopher K. Kepler, Anand H. Segar, Glenn S. Russo, Wesley H. Bronson, Barrett S. Boody, 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 2018, the Second International Consensus Meeting on Musculoskeletal Infection convened in Philadelphia, PA 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, 15 focused on the use of imaging, tissue sampling, and biomarkers in spine surgery, for which this article provides the recommendations, voting results, and rationales.

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


  • biomarkers
  • imaging
  • infection
  • International Consensus Meeting
  • spine surgery
  • SSI
  • SSI management
  • tissue sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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