Case Reports

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 43, Issue 7, pp 1015-1017

Lumbar osteomyelitis and epidural abscess complicating recurrent pilonidal cyst

Report of a case
  • Aurelio VerdúAffiliated withFrom the Department of General Surgery, Clinic Hospital, University of Valencia
  • , Eduardo García-GraneroAffiliated withFrom the Department of General Surgery, Clinic Hospital, University of Valencia
  • , Maria Jose García-FusterAffiliated withFrom the Department of General Surgery, Clinic Hospital, University of Valencia
  • , Antonio MartinAffiliated withFrom the Department of General Surgery, Clinic Hospital, University of Valencia
  • , Monica MillanAffiliated withFrom the Department of General Surgery, Clinic Hospital, University of Valencia
  • , Salvador LledoAffiliated withFrom the Department of General Surgery, Clinic Hospital, University of Valencia

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Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was conducted to report the rare presentation of lumbar osteomyelitis and epidural abscess as a complication of a pilonidal cyst. METHODS: A case report is presented. RESULTS: We describe the rare case of a male patient with diabetes with a recurring pilonidal cyst who developed a lumbar osteomyelitis and epidural abscess three weeks after pilonidal cyst excision with epidural anesthesia, with a fatal outcome despite emergency treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Life-threatening complications should be kept in mind in high-risk patients with repetitive surgery and neurologic involvement.

Key words

Pilonidal cyst Lumbar osteomyelis Epidural abscess Complications