CAVALLINI JAMES / BSIP / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CAVALLINI JAMES / BSIP / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Spondylodiscitis. Coloured axial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the lumbar (lower) spine of a patient with inflammation of the spine. This is spondylodiscitis, inflammation of the vertebrae (spinal bones) and the intervertebral discs. The fifth lumbar vertebra (L5) is affected. Spondylodiscitis is often caused by infection and treatment is with antibiotics and rest.
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