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CaseA twenty-eight-year-old woman underwent decompressive laminectomy and placement of an interlaminar stabilizer due to L4/L5 disc herniation. Thirteen days later she developed a fever unresponsive to meropenem and vancomycin, along with signs of meningitis. A Mycoplasma hominis epidural abscess was identified. She had no preoperative risk factors for extragenital M. hominis infection, but had had a urinary catheter inserted intraoperatively.ConclusionM. hominis postoperative surgical site infection is a rarely identified complication of spinal surgery. Seeding from the genitourinary tract is the most likely source.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia.