Spondylodiscitis presenting as pleural effusion in a geriatric female: a case report

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Pleural effusion is a frequently seen medical problem caused by pulmonary and non-pulmonary diseases. Spondylodiscitis is a very rare cause of pleural effusion and is typically diagnosed based on clinical, laboratory, microbiological and radiological findings. The low incidence and different clinical presentations of Spondylodiscitis make its diagnosis and treatment challenging. We present the case of a 78-year-old female who was initially admitted due to chest pain and, upon chest radiography, was found to have pleural effusion; and eventually diagnosed with spondylodiscitis.

Keywords: Spondylodiscitis, exudative pleural effusion, geriatrics, vertebra, infection.