Sacral osteomyelitis: an unusual complication of abdominal sacral colpopexy.
BACKGROUND: Abdominal sacral colpopexy using permanent mesh is an established technique for repair of vaginal vault prolapse. Infection is not a frequent complication. We report two cases of lumbosacral osteomyelitis treated with intravenous antibiotics without mesh removal. CASES: The first patient had known advanced degenerative arthritis. Unremitting severe low back pain 5 years after abdominal sacral colpopexy prompted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), revealing osteomyelitis and diskitis. The second patient developed symptoms 2 months postoperatively, and MRI indicated osteomyelitis with epidural abscess. Both patients received intravenous antibiotics, and neither required surgical debridement or mesh removal. CONCLUSION: Osteomyelitis can present remote from the operation and can be difficult to diagnose. Protracted parenteral antibiotic therapy can be definitive treatment without mesh removal.
Weidner, AC; Cundiff, GW; Harris, RL; Addison, WA
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