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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-6

Predisposing factors and protocols for prevention of surgical site infections following spine surgery: A review of literature

1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Apollo Health City, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Medicine, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of Spine Surgery, Udai Omni and Apollo Health City, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Suneetha Narreddy
Department of Infectious Diseases, Apollo Health City, Hyderabad, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/isj.isj_37_17

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Surgical site infections (SSIs) following spinal surgery and its treatment are highly debated topics over decades, constituting one of the major causes of morbidity in patients undergoing spine surgery. The importance of this topic lies in the fact that, if ignored, it can lead to high morbidity and mortality, which may require prolonged hospitalization. This review deals with rates of SSI in various spine surgeries, then dwells on few studies exploring causes and prevention of SSI, provides a summary of SSI preventive protocols by various organizations, recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis, and finally on medical management of established postoperative infections.

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