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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 872148, 3 pages
Case Report

Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess Presenting in a Previously Healthy Young Adult Man

Department of Medical Education, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, 3201 4th Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA

Received 30 March 2013; Accepted 18 July 2013

Academic Editor: Jacques F. Meis

Copyright © 2013 Andrew M. McDonald and Jason L. Rollins. 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.


We report a case of spontaneous spinal epidural abscess (SEA) with initial chief complaint of shoulder pain and no appreciable neurologic symptoms. Since outcomes of SEA appear to be related to the degree of neurologic deficit at the time of intervention, we explore opportunities for earlier diagnosis.