Basheer A, Macki M, Buraimoh M, and Mahmood A. Chronic thoracolumbar subdural empyema: Case report and surgical management. Surg Neurol Int 2017; 8:167.
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BACKGROUND: Spinal cord abscesses and spinal subdural empyemas are rare and difficult to treat.
CASE DESCRIPTION: A 35-year-old male presented to an outside institution with 2 months of progressive low back pain, weakness, and bowel incontinence; he was diagnosed with an L4 epidural abscess that was poorly managed. When the patient presented to our institution, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a well-organized chronic subdural abscess at the thoracolumbar junction. Following resection, his back pain resolved but he was left with a residual paraparesis.
CONCLUSION: Subdural abscesses are rare and should be considered among the differential diagnoses for intraspinal mass lesions. Treatment should include prompt surgical exploration and decompression combined with appropriate prolonged antibiotic treatment.