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Spinal epidural abscess. Optimizing patient care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8333809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The medical literature regarding spinal epidural abscess has two common threads: reports of poor prognosis and appeals for rapid treatment. Spinal epidural abscess is a difficult diagnosis to make because of its rarity--many physicians will never see a case during their careers. Among all patients admitted to hospitals, the incidence is approximately one to two cases per 10,000. Only increased awareness and swift management of spinal epidural abscess will improve outcome. Our goal through this report is to enhance the recognition and treatment of spinal epidural abscess. We present 28 new cases of spinal epidural abscess, giving special attention to the peculiarities of the disease; we compile and analyze comprehensive data from cases from literature; and finally, we present the results of 16 retrospective personal interviews of infected patients.
D R Maslen; S R Jones; M A Crislip; R Bracis; R J Dworkin; J E Flemming
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of internal medicine     Volume:  153     ISSN:  0003-9926     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-08-19     Completed Date:  1993-08-19     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372440     Medline TA:  Arch Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1713-21     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR.
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MeSH Terms
Abscess / diagnosis*,  microbiology,  therapy
Diagnosis, Differential
Dura Mater
Retrospective Studies
Spinal Cord Diseases / diagnosis*,  microbiology,  therapy
Comment In:
Arch Intern Med. 1994 Jun 27;154(12):1410-1   [PMID:  8002693 ]

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