Epidural abscess of the cervical spine

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Patient presented with neurological symptoms consistent with cervical cord compression, with associated neck pain and raised inflammatory markers.

Patient Data

Age: Adult

MRI Cx spine

Modality: MRI

MRI demonstrates an epidural collection: low T1, high T2 with peripheral contrast enhancement. The cord is displaced posteriorly and to the right. Features are consistent with an epidural abscess. 

There are associated changes at the C3/4 level consistent with advanced discitis osteomyelitis. 

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates the changes of advanced cervical discitis/osteomyelitis with a large associated epidural abscess with compression of the cord.

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Case Information

rID: 3886
Case created: 21st Jun 2008
Last edited: 9th Oct 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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