Cervical subdural empyema following acupuncture.

  title={Cervical subdural empyema following acupuncture.},
  author={Ming-Hong Chen and M R Chen and Jing-Shan Huang},
  journal={Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia},
  volume={11 8},
A review of the literature reveals only a few cases of spinal subdural empyema. Etiologies of spinal subdural empyema include hematogenous spread from skin lesions, systemic sepsis, direct spread from spinal osteomyelitis and complications of discography. However, in this report, we describe a patient who developed spinal subdural empyema following several cervical acupuncture sessions. Operative treatment with adequate laminectomy, removal of abscess, and copious irrigation resulted in good… CONTINUE READING
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