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Hi. I was born with congenital scoliosis and after years of back braces had two spinal fusions, the last of which was six years ago. I had the majority of my spine fused from about T2 to the lower lumbar area. Other than ongoing chronic pain, I have never had any complications until recently.
Last month two red, blistered areas appeared on the top and bottom of the scar from my infusion. They became swollen and fluid filled until popping and remaining open sores. Then the would swell up again. They were unresponsive to antibiotics so I was sent to urgent care where they admitted me. They believe an infection in my instrumentation is causing the swelling and inflammation and that I will have to get all my hardware removed. However, the suregeon said there would be no way of knowing if this was actually the case until they operated. I have no other symptoms of infection and my blood work, catscan, and MRI were completely normal and showed no infection of abscess.
Has anyone experienced anything like this before? Did it ever get resolved? If it did, how so? None of the doctors seem to know why it’s happening