Spinal epidural abscesses are insidious infections spread via hematologic, contiguous, or iatrogenic routes. On average, spinal epidural abscesses span two to four vertebral segments and are most commonly localized to the thoracic region. Fever, back pain, and neurological deficits are the most common clinical manifestations. However, the triad of these findings are not always detected. Patients may present with subtle symptoms leading to misdiagnosis and poor prognosis. We present a case of a large, anteriorly located, spinal epidural abscess in a patient originally admitted for dyspnea and confusion.
epidural abscess, infection, motor weakness, paresthesias, pyogenic infection, spinal canal, spinal cord compression, spinal epidural abscess
Barner K, Yuquimpo KM, McMillan DA, Shaw EM. A Unique Presentation of a Large, Seven-segment, Spinal Epidural Abscess in a Patient with a Pleural Empyema. Cureus. 2019; 11(2). doi: 10.7759/cureus.4084.