Gout of the Lumbar Spine Mimicking Spondylodiscitis and Epidural Abscess

Title: Tophaceous gout of the lumbar spine mimicking infectious spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess: MR imaging findings.
Yen PS, et al.
Publication: J Clin Neurosci. 2005 Jan;12(1):44-6.

The authors reported a case of surgically proven presence of gout deposit (tophus) in the spine at the L5-S1 vertebrae that mimicked spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess in the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.

The authors wanted doctors to be aware of the possibility of gout in mimicking other diseases when diagnosing patients with chronic back pain.

Editor’s note: spondylodiscitis or spondylitises is the inflammation of the vertebrae. Epidural abscess is pus-filled inflammation of the dura mater or membrane that covers the spinal cord.

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