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Ureteric stent associated spondylodiscitis
  1. Daniel Baron1,
  2. Simone Giona1 and
  3. Andrew Chetwood2
  1. 1Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley, UK
  2. 2Urology, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Baron; ok19068{at}


This case report describes a clinical presentation of spondylodiscitis, following an emergency ureteric stent placement for an infected and obstructed kidney in a woman in her late 70s who presented with right flank pain, raised inflammatory markers and an acute kidney injury. Non-contrast CT kidney, ureters and bladder (KUB) revealed a 9 mm obstructing stone and prompt decompression with a JJ stent was performed. Although the urine culture showed no growth at first, an extended spectrum beta-lactamase Escherichia coli was found in a subsequent urine culture after discharge. Postoperatively, the patient described a novel, worsening lower back pain and had persistently elevated inflammatory markers. An MRI revealed spondylodiscitis of L5/S1, for which she was treated with a 6-week course of antibiotics, and she has made a good but slow recovery. This case shows the unusual finding of spondylodiscitis postureteric stent placement and clinicians should be aware of this rare complication.

  • Urology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Urological surgery

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  • Contributors DB has written the initial draft of the article and collected the images published in the article. Also, made the final adjustment prior to submission. SG critically reviewed the article and gave feedback and suggestion and amended wherever necessary. AC revised the article to create the final version and made the last suggestions prior to submission.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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