Spontaneous cervical paraspinal and epidural giant abscess in a child - Case report

Kiymaz N., Demir O.

NEUROLOGIA MEDICO-CHIRURGICA, vol.45, no.10, pp.540-542, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.2176/nmc.45.540
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.540-542
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: No


A 10-year-old girl presented with a very rare paraspinal and spinal epidural abscess manifesting as fever, and neck pain and stiffness. Initially, she was treated under a diagnosis of meningitis for 3 weeks. However, she developed monoparesis of the right upper extremity, and was referred for neurosurgery. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an epidural and paraspinal lesion intensely enhanced by gadolinium. The patient underwent urgent surgery for C2-3 laminectomy and abscess drainage, followed by broad spectrum antibiotic therapy. She was discharged and followed up in the outpatient clinic. Two months later, the paraspinal abscess recurred with great increase in size. A second operation was performed and 150 ml pus was drained. Streptococcus anginosus was grown in the culture. The patient fully recovered after long-term targeted antibiotic therapy. Such abscesses are very rare in children, especially in the cervical region. The correct diagnosis can be difficult to establish but early treatment is essential for a good prognosis.