Is there an optimal window for diagnosis of an early spine infection?

Authors: John Koerner, David Kaye

RECOMMENDATION: There is no defined window, but early diagnosis of a postoperative spine infection (up to three months from time of surgery) treated with surgical debridement and antibiotics often allows for retention of instrumentation.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Limited

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 93%, Disagree: 7%, Abstain: 0% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)

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