Table 2.

Presenting Symptoms and Initial Laboratory Studies in Children With Vertebral Osteomyelitis

YearAge
(Years)
Presenting
Symptom
Fever Duration of
Symptoms
Initial WBC
(per 103mm)
ESR
(mm/h)
Organism
19942Back painNo2 wk1553
19972.5FeverYes2 wk11.667Bartonella henselae
19913Abdominal painYes4 wk14.151Staphylococcus epidermidis
19883.5Back painYes5 d13.755Propionibacterium acne
19814.5Shoulder painYes2 wk10.124
19875.5Back painNo1 mo11.652
19976Neck painYes5 d13.251Bartonella henselae
19978Rib painYes10 d23100
199010Back painYes6 wk4.318Salmonella C
198711Back painNo3 mo9.444Staphylococcus aureus
198412Back painYes5 d19.112Staphylococcus aureus
199312IncontinenceYes2 wk1859Staphylococcus aureus
198513Back painYes2 wk6.744Staphylococcus aureus
199813Back painYes45 d6.69Staphylococcus aureus
  • * Temperature >100.3°F before or at hospital admission.

  • Diagnosis established by serology performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

  • Previously reported by Correa et al.3