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Seventeen level laminectomy for extensive spinal epidural abscess: case report and review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7825314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several studies have suggested that non-operative treatment be employed for spinal epidural abscesses involving a considerable length of the vertebral column. The reasons for this have not been clearly stated in the literature, however, nor has the critical number of vertebral levels been specified. Presumably, this is related to the morbidity of extensive laminectomy, but we began to question this assumption because of advances in surgical instrumentation combined with frequent reports of irreversible disease progression while on appropriate antibiotics. In this article, we present a case of an extensive spinal epidural abscess managed surgically with no associated morbidity. In addition, we present a review of the literature concerning spinal epidural abscess.
B K Richmond; J H Schmidt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The West Virginia medical journal     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0043-3284     ISO Abbreviation:  W V Med J     Publication Date:  1994 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-02-13     Completed Date:  1995-02-13     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413777     Medline TA:  W V Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  468-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, West Virginia University/Charleston Division.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / microbiology,  surgery*
Epidural Space
Spinal Diseases / microbiology,  surgery*
Staphylococcal Infections / surgery*

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