Acute spinal implant infection treated with debridement: does extended antibiotic treatment improve the prognosis?

Pau Bosch-Nicolau, Dolors Rodríguez-Pardo, Carles Pigrau, Ferran Pellisé, Sleiman Haddad, Mayli Lung, Benito Almirante

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The study aims to determine whether 8 weeks of antibiotics is non-inferior to 12 weeks in patients with acute deep spinal implant infection (SII). In the retrospective study of all SII cases (2009-2016), patients aged ≥ 15 years with microbiologically confirmed SII treated with debridement and implant retention were included. Whenever possible, tailored antibiotic treatment was used: rifampin/linezolid in gram-positive and quinolones in gram-negative infection. Patients were divided into short treatment course (8 weeks, ST group) and extended treatment (12 weeks, ET group). Primary outcome measure was percentage of cures at 1-year follow-up. One-hundred-twenty-four patients considered, 48 excluded based on the above criteria, leaving 76 patients, 28 ST and 48 ET. There were no differences in patient age, comorbidities, underlying pathologies, infection location, or surgery characteristics between groups. Surgery-to-debridement time was similar (18.5-day ST vs. 19-day ET; P = 0.96). Sixteen SII cases (21.1%) occurred with bloodstream infection. Pathogens found were Enterobacteriaceae (35, 46.1%), Staphylococcus aureus (29, 38.2%), coagulase-negative staphylococci (12, 15.8%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (12, 15.8%), and Enterococcus faecalis (7, 9.2%). Twenty seven (35.5%) had polymicrobial infection. E. faecalis was more frequent in the ST group (7, 25% vs. 0; P < 0.001), and P. aeruginosa in ET (1, 3.6% vs. 11, 22.9%; P = 0.05). Five patients died of causes unrelated to SII. At 1-year follow-up, cure rates (21/26 ST, 80.8% vs. 39/45 ET, 86.7%; P = 0.52) and recurrences (2/26, 7.7% vs. 2/45, 4.4%; P = 0.62) were similar. Eight-week antimicrobial courses were not inferior to 12 weeks in patients with acute deep SII treated with prompt debridement, proper wound healing, and optimized antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-958
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology
  • Bacteria/drug effects
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious/diagnosis
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Debridement
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Prosthesis Retention
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections/diagnosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Total Disc Replacement/adverse effects
  • Treatment Outcome


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