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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study population (n = 61)

From: Is switching to an oral antibiotic regimen safe after 2 weeks of intravenous treatment for primary bacterial vertebral osteomyelitis?

Characteristic All patients
  n* %*
Males 37 61
Median age, IQR 65 51–76
Median BMI, IQR 25 21–28
Arterial hypertension 24 39
Diabetes mellitus 7 11
Coronary heart disease 15 25
Renal impairment (clearance <80 ml/min.) 5 8
Fever (>38°C) 17 28
Back pain 57 93
Neurologic al deficits 10 16
Epidural abscess 31 51
Median leucocytes count, IQR (109/l) 10.1 8.0–12.5
Median C-reactive protein (mg/l) 100 62–186
Microorganism Staphylococcus aureus 11 21
  Coagulase negative staphylococci 9 17
  Streptococci spp. 12 20
  Escherichia coli 6 11
  Klebsiella spp. 2 4
  Pseudomonas aeruginosa 7 13
  Propionibacterium acnes 3 6
  Other or unknown 11 21
  1. *unless otherwise stated.