oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Epidural abscess : diagnosis and management - : case report

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Extracted from text ... CASE REPORT Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia & Analgesia - August 2005 109 Epidural abscess: diagnosis and management within 2 hours, an emergency laminectomy and drainage of abscess was performed. Gentamycin 80 mg IV 8 hourly was added, and also used to rinse the wound postoperatively via inserted drains. Five days later the patient, much improved and without any neurological defect, resumed surgical therapy for his suppurating foot. Staphylococcus aureus was cultured as the pathological organism. Discussion Delayed diagnosis of an epidural abscess may cause the death of a patient. Important clinical manifestations include a high fever, back pain ..

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