Causes of Elevated inflammatory markers


Cellulitis [top]

  • Spreading confluent erythema
  • Leg swelling
  • Preceding injury / insect bite
  • Fever
  • Elevated inflammatory markers

Spinal abscess [top]

  • Progressive onset of back pain or leg weakness chronic back pain
  • Fever may be present or absent
  • Elevated inflammatory markers
  • Risk factors: Spinal surgery, diabetes, lumbar puncture, epidural

Spinal tuberculosis [top]

  • Progressive onset of back pain or leg weakness chronic back pain
  • Fever is usually absent
  • Elevated inflammatory markers
  • Can lead to psoas abscess
  • Risk factors: Exposure to TB, immunosupression

Septic arthritis [top]

  • Acute Monoarthritis, severe pain, swelling knee pain ankle pain
  • Fever, elevated inflammatory markers
  • Inability to weight bear