OBJECT: The authors report a series of eight consecutive cases in which epidural abscesses in the cervical spine were treated by microsurgery without arthrodesis, including two cases of concomitant pyogenic and tubercular infection. METHODS: The authors used a minimally invasive surgical approach consisting of single-level anterior microsurgical discectomy and drainage of the epidural abscess via a silicone catheter, and then initiated antibiotic therapy. At follow-up examination (mean duration 39 months), six patients exhibited complete recovery and two suffered from minor residual deficits. In all cases, spontaneous vertebral fusion occurred. Sagittal alignment was maintained in seven patients, and in one there was slight asymptomatic kyphosis. In two patients, tubercular and pyogenic infections were found. Prior intervention for dental infection was recorded in four cases. CONCLUSIONS: In the absence of preoperative spinal instability, microsurgical drainage of the abscess followed by specific antibiotic therapy resulted in spinal cord decompression and neurological recovery, thereby facilitating spontaneous fusion and vertebral stability. The presence of combined tubercular and pyogenic infections of the cervical spine should be considered, especially in patients whose immune systems are depressed.

Muzii, V.F., Mariottini, A., Zalaffi, A., Carangelo, B.R., Palma, L. (2006). Cervical Spine epidural abscess: experience with microsurgical treatment in eight cases. JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY. SPINE, 5(5), 392-397 [10.3171/spi.2006.5.5.392].

Cervical Spine epidural abscess: experience with microsurgical treatment in eight cases.

MUZII, VITALIANO FRANCESCO;MARIOTTINI, ALDO;ZALAFFI, ALESSANDRO;PALMA, LUCIO
2006-01-01

Abstract

OBJECT: The authors report a series of eight consecutive cases in which epidural abscesses in the cervical spine were treated by microsurgery without arthrodesis, including two cases of concomitant pyogenic and tubercular infection. METHODS: The authors used a minimally invasive surgical approach consisting of single-level anterior microsurgical discectomy and drainage of the epidural abscess via a silicone catheter, and then initiated antibiotic therapy. At follow-up examination (mean duration 39 months), six patients exhibited complete recovery and two suffered from minor residual deficits. In all cases, spontaneous vertebral fusion occurred. Sagittal alignment was maintained in seven patients, and in one there was slight asymptomatic kyphosis. In two patients, tubercular and pyogenic infections were found. Prior intervention for dental infection was recorded in four cases. CONCLUSIONS: In the absence of preoperative spinal instability, microsurgical drainage of the abscess followed by specific antibiotic therapy resulted in spinal cord decompression and neurological recovery, thereby facilitating spontaneous fusion and vertebral stability. The presence of combined tubercular and pyogenic infections of the cervical spine should be considered, especially in patients whose immune systems are depressed.
Muzii, V.F., Mariottini, A., Zalaffi, A., Carangelo, B.R., Palma, L. (2006). Cervical Spine epidural abscess: experience with microsurgical treatment in eight cases. JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY. SPINE, 5(5), 392-397 [10.3171/spi.2006.5.5.392].
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