Infectious agents in spinal epidural abscesses

David Myland Kaufman, Jerry G. Kaplan, Harlley E. Litman

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Abstract

Of 27 cases of spinal epidural abscess, 19 were caused by bacteria, 7 by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and 1 by Echinococcus granulosus. Blunt trauma and cutaneous infections were the most frequent preceding events in bacterial cases. Tuberculous abscess was usually the sole manifestation of reactivation of dormant tuberculosis. Drug addiction, the most common cause in young adults, was associated with gram-negative infections. Whatever the infectious agent, paraparesis for longer than 4 days led to a poor outcome. Myelography was the best diagnostic test, whereas lumbar puncture and percutaneous bone biopsy offered little specific information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-850
Number of pages7
JournalNeurology
Volume30
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1980

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Epidural Abscess
Paraparesis
Echinococcus granulosus
Myelography
Spinal Puncture
Infection
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Abscess
Substance-Related Disorders
Young Adult
Tuberculosis
Bacteria
Biopsy
Bone and Bones
Skin
Wounds and Injuries
Trauma
Young Adults
Manifestation

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  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Kaufman, D. M., Kaplan, J. G., & Litman, H. E. (1980). Infectious agents in spinal epidural abscesses. Neurology, 30(8), 844-850.

Infectious agents in spinal epidural abscesses. / Kaufman, David Myland; Kaplan, Jerry G.; Litman, Harlley E.

In: Neurology, Vol. 30, No. 8, 1980, p. 844-850.

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Kaufman, DM, Kaplan, JG & Litman, HE 1980, 'Infectious agents in spinal epidural abscesses', Neurology, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 844-850.
Kaufman DM, Kaplan JG, Litman HE. Infectious agents in spinal epidural abscesses. Neurology. 1980;30(8):844-850.
Kaufman, David Myland ; Kaplan, Jerry G. ; Litman, Harlley E. / Infectious agents in spinal epidural abscesses. In: Neurology. 1980 ; Vol. 30, No. 8. pp. 844-850.
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