SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Inflamed spinal joints. Frontal X-ray of the lower spine of a 68-year-old patient who has discitis (inflamed intervertebral discs). Discitis is an inflammation of the discs between the vertebrae, the blocks of bone that make up the spine. This inflammation is between the last three lumbar vertebrae, the L3-L4 space and L4-L5 space. This is seen as the cloudy area at lower centre. The sacrum (base of the spine) is at bottom, and the pelvic bones are at botom left and bottom right. Two ribs are at top left and top right. Discitis is also known as spondylodiscitis. It is thought to be caused by infection, and antibiotics and rest are thought to help. Intervertebral discs are discs of cartilage that cushion the spine.
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