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Keimyung Medical Journal 2000;19(2):281-286.
A case of Anterior Cervical Epidural Abscess associated with Retropharyngeal Abscess
후인두 농양과 동반된 전방 경부 경막의 농양 1례
김태일; 김성제; 배준석; 서상일; 김지언; 이동국
Epidural abscess of the cervical spine is a rare clinical condition. The presentation of this dis?order is usually nonspecific and the diagnose unsuspected. In our case; a 30-year-old woman with retropharyngeal abscess presented with headache and neck pain and tenderness; followed by weakness and numbness of her right arm and shoulder 7 days later. Her cervical MRI showed diffuse retropharyngeal abscess; accompanied with anterior cervical epidural abscess extended from C1-2 level to C6-7 level. Neurosurgeons performed decompressive laminectomy and debridement with her impaired for less than 24 hours; followed by broad spectrum antibi?otics administered intravenously for 4 weeks. Thereafter; she was recovered completely. Early diagnose is difficult but is crucial for successful therapy to reduce morbidity and mortality. We present a case of anterior cervical epidural abscess which combination of operation with antibi-otics improved completely.
Key Words: Cervical epidural abscess, Retropharyngeal abscess, Bacterial abscess

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