UTI leads to spinal abscess in rare case

The complication should act as a reminder to order an MRI when patients with a current or recent UTI complain of severe back pain, urge US authors

A 39-year-old woman suffered a UTI from hell, with the infection leading to septic discitis, a paraspinal abscess and septic pulmonary emboli, US doctors report.

MRI showing a high signal lesion in the apicoposterior segment of the left upper lobe.

While rare, the complication serves as a reminder to keep a “low threshold” to perform an MRI when patients