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The spinal cord might get infected by viruses, fungus, bacteria, etc. The risk factors for spine infections are spine injury, malnutrition, suppressed immunity, HIV infection, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. The symptoms of spine infection are neck stiffness, back pain, headache, fever, and chills. The common types of spine infections are vertebral osteomyelitis, discitis, spinal epidural abscess, meningitis, spinal cord abscess, and spinal subdural empyema. Depending on the cause, antibiotics or antifungals are given for treatment. In some cases, surgery might be needed.
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