Pyogenic paraspinal abscess

Case contributed by G Balachandran
Diagnosis almost certain


Swelling in left para-spinal region. Background of liver cirrhosis and ascites.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.


MR imaging reveals a 73 x 45 mm fluid collection in left paraspinal location. The left kidney was displaced anteriorly and there was evidence of ascites. The spinal canal and column were normal. 

Case Discussion

The abscess was aspirated under ultrasound guidance.

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