Scholarly Research Exchange
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 613402, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.3814/2008/613402
Case Report

Pan Spinal Epidural Abscess in a Young Healthy Male: A Case Report

1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, 25 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5233, USA
2Spinal Surgery and Pain Management, 1225 North Broad Street, Suite 3, Woodbury, NJ 08096, USA
3Department of Neurosurgery, Cooper Medical Center, 3 Executive Campus Suite 2, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-4103, USA

Received 23 July 2008; Accepted 17 November 2008

Copyright © 2008 Linqiu Zhou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Pan spinal epidural abscess is rare in a young healthy adult and may lead to permanent neurological deficits and meningitis if not treated promptly. A case is described of a pan spinal epidural abscess, from C1 to S1, in a young, healthy adult without risk factors that presented with ascending back pain and no fever. The abscess was diagnosed with MRI and treated with hemilaminotomies, surgical drainage, and antibiotics with a satisfactory outcome. The literature is reviewed herein.