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Spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology: a case report and literature review.
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PMID:  14751478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Spinal epidural abscess is a rare infectious disease. However, if left unrecognized and untreated, the clinical outcome of spinal epidural abscess can be devastating. Correctly diagnosing a spinal epidural abscess in a timely fashion is often difficult, particularly if the clinician does not actively consider the diagnosis. The most common presenting symptoms of spinal epidural abscess include backache, radicular pain, weakness, and sensory deficits. However, early in its course, spinal epidural abscess can also present with vague and nondescript manifestations. In this report, we describe a case of spinal epidural abscess presenting as abdominal pain, and review the literature describing other cases of spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology.
Andrew A Bremer; Rabih O Darouiche
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-01-30     Completed Date:  2004-05-25     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdomen, Acute / etiology*
Diagnosis, Differential
Epidural Abscess / complications*,  diagnosis
Middle Aged
Spinal Diseases / complications*,  diagnosis

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