• Definition

    Diskitis is swelling (inflammation) and irritation of the space between the bones of the spine (intervertebral disk space).

    Alternative Names

    Disk inflammation

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Diskitis is an uncommon condition. It is usually seen in children younger than age 10.

    Diskitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, or it can be caused by other inflammation, such as from autoimmune diseases (conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks certain cells in the body). The upper back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) disks are most commonly affected.

    Diskitis can also be confused with problems related to hip pain.