Author: Taolin Fang
RECOMMENDATION: We recommend that prior to image-guided biopsy/aspiration for a suspected spine infection, all antibiotics should be withheld until after appropriate culture samples are obtained. Antibiotic administration, without aspiration/biopsy may be justifi ed in patients who are critically ill and cannot withstand intervention or in patients with deteriorating neurological conditions.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 93%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 7% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)217