Epidural abscess of the cervical spine

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


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

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 diskitis osteomyelitis. 

Case Discussion

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

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Case information

rID: 3886
Published: 21st Jun 2008
Last edited: 29th Dec 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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