Cervicothoracolumbar spinal epidural abscess and cerebral salt wasting Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare infectious disease. However, if left unrecognized and untreated, the clinical outcome of SEA can be devastating. PURPOSE: To report a rare clinical presentation of a cervicothoracolumbar SEA with cerebral salt wasting (CSW). STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Clinical history, physical and laboratory findings, and magnetic resonance imaging studies of a patient with cervicothoracolumbar SEA and CSW. RESULTS: We report the case of a 15-year-old boy with cervicothoracolumbar SEA complicated with CSW and treated with conservative methods. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, CSW can be seen at the follow-up period of the SEA and the clinicians must be aware of this entity.

authors

  • Kose, Mehmet
  • Arslan, Duran
  • Altunay, Levent
  • Erdogan, Secil
  • Yikilmaz, Ali
  • Ozturk, Mustafa Kursad

publication date

  • February 2009