A metal stabilising rod was inserted at the time of surgical drainage of the abscess in six patients with spinal instability secondary to vertebral osteomyelitis. The procedure enabled early postoperative mobilisation to be undertaken in five patients. All cases obtained immediate relief of pain. One case of delayed wound healing occurred but not late recurrent infections were encountered after discontinuing antibiotic therapy. The technique was employed in cases of pyogenic as well as tuberculous spinal osteomyelitis.
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