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Spinal epidural abscess.

Spinal epidural abscess.

Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2013 Sep;25(3):389-97

Authors: Johnson KG

Spinal epidural abscess is a rare bacterial infection located within the spinal canal. Early diagnosis and rapid treatment are important because of its potential to cause rapidly progressive spinal cord compression and irreversible paralysis. A staphylococcus bacterial infection is the cause in most cases. Treatment includes antibiotics and possible surgical drainage of the abscess. A favorable neurologic outcome correlates with the severity and duration of neurologic deficits before surgery and the timeliness of the chosen intervention. It is important for the critical care nurse to monitor the patient’s neurologic status and provide appropriate interventions.

PMID: 23981455 [PubMed – in process]

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