Table 1

Demographics, baseline laboratory, clinical and imaging findings among the 10 study patients with brucellar spondylitis
Pt Sex Age ESR (mm/hr) CRP (mg/L) SAT titers WBC (K/μl) Clinical Blood cultures MRI findings (affected vertebrae) F-18 FDG PET/CT findings (affected vertebrae) F-18 FDG PET/CT SUVmax
1 M 59 106 63.3 1/10240 5.58 Back pain, fever Brucella sp. Spondylodiscitis L2 – L3, L5 – S1, paravertebral masses Spondylodiscitis T12 – L3, L5 – S1, paravertebral masses, mediastinal lymph node involvement 5.5 2.8
2 M 61 14 10.1 1/10240 8.10 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis T7 – T8, paravertebral mass Spondylodiscitis T7 – T8, L4 – L5, paravertebral and epidural masses 7.1 4.4
3 F 83 7 3.08 1/20480 5.93 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis L2 – L3 Spondylodiscitis L2 – L3, 6.7
4 M 51 74 51.5 1/1280 13.30 Pack pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis L4 – L5, paravertebral mass Spondylodiscitis L4 – L5, T5 – T6, paravertebral masses, arthritis Lt acromioclavicular joint 5.4 5.8
5 M 53 80 38.6 < 1/160 9.30 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis L4 – L5 Spondylodiscitis L4 – L5 6.9
6 F 71 120 86.8 1/2560 6.50 Back pain, fever Brucella sp. Spondylodiscitis L4 – L5, paravertebral mass Spondylodiscitis L4 – L5, paravertebral mass 9.4
7 F 37 60 24 < 1/160 14.70 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis T6 – T7 Spondylodiscitis T6 – T7, hepatosplenomegaly 3.0
8 M 46 80 18.5 < 1/160 9.63 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis L2 – L3, epidural mass Spondylodiscitis L2 – L3, epidural mass 5.5
9 M 58 40 60 < 1/160 12.50 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis L3 – L4 Spondylodiscitis L3 – L4 6.4
10 M 87 80 67 1/2560 11.40 Back pain, fever (−) Spondylodiscitis L1 – L2, L4 – L5, paravertebral mass Spondylodiscitis L1 – L2, L4 – L5, paravertebral mass 5.2 6.0

NOTES. All patients provided written consent to publish these details. Pt: patient number, ESR: erythrocyte sedimentation rate (normal value, 40 mm/hour), CRP: C-reactive protein (normal values < 5 mg/L), WBC: white blood count, SAT: slide agglutination test (normal values < 1/160), MRI: magnetic resonance imaging, F-18 FDG PET/CT: fluorine-18 fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography scan, SUVmax: maximum standard uptake value.

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Ioannou et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:73   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-73

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