Spinal epidural abscess: an analysis of 24 cases.

  title={Spinal epidural abscess: an analysis of 24 cases.},
  author={Celestino Esteves Pereira and Jos{\'e} Carlos Lynch},
  journal={Surgical neurology},
  volume={63 Suppl 1},
BACKGROUND Despite advances in neuroimaging and neurosurgical care, spinal abscess remains a challenging problem with mortality rates ranging from 4.6% to 31% in recent series. METHODS Between January 1986 and December 2003, 24 patients with spinal epidural abscess were treated. Seventeen were men and 7 were women at the average age of 47.5 years. Concurrent illnesses that result in immunodepression such as diabetes and infections occurred in 62% of the case patients. All patients had back… CONTINUE READING