Title

Chronic thoracolumbar subdural empyema: Case report and surgical management.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

Surg Neurol Int

Abstract

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.

PubMed ID

28840071

Volume

8

First Page

167

Last Page

167

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